National Assembly Shooting Suspects Charged

Four men arrested for last week’s shooting of three students in front of the new National As­sembly building have been charg­ed by Phnom Penh Muni­cipal Court, Court Director Chiv Keng said Tuesday.

Prak Kim Sinh, an international school student, Prak Ratana, a businessman, Yong Ra, 33, an RCAF soldier, and Say Koy, 30, whose occupation is unknown, were all charged by the municipal court in the June 4 shooting, Chiv Keng said.

“They were charged with causing injury and illegal use of weap­ons,” said Chiv Keng, who declined to provide further details.

Police said last week that Ho Song Rachana, 20, was shot in the knee; Huot Rady, 17, was shot three times in his leg, arm and hip; and So Tola 20, was shot once in each leg.

Last week, Pol Phiethey, deputy municipal police chief, said that one of the arrested men was related to a powerful businessman and politician.

Choun Narin, chief of the municipal police serious crime department, confirmed Tuesday that the court had charged the men.

“They were charged—that’s why they were kept behind bars,” he said of the men, who officials said are being detained at PJ prison.

Choun Narin said he did not know to whom the suspects were related, adding that it was not pertinent to the investigation.

“The main work of police is to apprehend offenders, and police are only interested in dependents or parents when they interfere or when police need their cooperation to look for suspects who have fled,” he said.


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