Officials Remain Mum as Slain Police Officers Are Laid to Rest

The military police lieutenant colonel and Interior Ministry police colonel shot to death in Sunday evening’s shooting in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district were laid to rest on Monday and Tues­day, police and family said.

Authorities also sent suspects Hor Sok Heng, 27, and Lay Piseth, 30, to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning Tuesday, said a municipal police officer who requested anonymity.

Municipal police on Mon­day trans­ferred two handguns, a Mer­cedes S320 and a Mitsubishi Pajero to the court, the officer said. Court officials could not be reach­ed for comment and senior police officials have declined to comment.

Police and witnesses said Sun­day that the black Mercedes carrying municipal military police deputy com­mander Reth Nika, 24, had fled down Norodom Boul­evard. Corn­ered in traffic on Street 178, the lieutenant colonel fled on foot and was gunned down inside Wat Saravorn.

An uncle of Reth Nika who ask­ed not to be named said that Reth Nika was buried Monday at Wat Kdey Lvea in Kompong Speu province. Reth Nika was the ne­phew of Seng Teang, an adviser to Prime Min­ister Hun Sen, the uncle said, adding that Reth Nika’s late father Nhiek Sareth, had been a senior Interior Ministry officer.

Information Minister Khieu Kan­harith could not be reached and Hun Sen’s assistant Eang Sophal­leth referred questions to the premier’s adviser Srey Thammarong, who could not be reached.

Roth Channosody, a 27-year-old colonel in the Interior Ministry’s logistics department, who died from a gunshot wound sustained during Sunday’s attack, was buried Tuesday at Wat Angkot Borey in Russei Keo district, a Toek Thla commune police officer said.

A police report claimed Mon­day that Roth Channosody was among the group that attacked Reth Nika. Municipal police chief Touch Naruth, national military police commander Sao Sokha and municipal military police commander Ya Kim Y could not be reached for comment.

(Additional reporting by Douglas Gillison)


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