Opposition: 5 Killed Last Week

The Sam Rainsy Party claims an activist was shot dead in Pur­sat province Saturday, marking the fifth alleged opposition slaying last week.

Ben Yeurn, 33, was killed Sat­urday after being invited hunting with the deputy chief of Ra Thmei village in Krak­or district, the party reported Wed­nesday.

Police and Interior Ministry officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday to confirm the death. A Sam Rainsy Party aide reached Wednesday eve­ning said further details were unavailable on the killing.

Meanwhile, Kratie Governor Nou Phoeung reported Wednes­day that the son of a Thma Andauk commune official is suspected in the Saturday ­shooting death of Fun­cinpec activist Chroek Hoeun, 46.

The commune official, Veng Thong, is a former CPP member who recently switch­­ed to Funcinpec, Nou Phoeung said. Police are investigating and the provincial and com­munal election commissions have been notified, he said. Personal dispute is suspected as a motive, Nou Phoeung said, although details are unclear.

Battambang police have not confirmed the reported July 14 killing of Sam Rainsy Party re­cruit­er Reth Savoeun.

And Siem Reap police are saying the July 16 shooting death of Lith Preah, 60, and the July 14 shooting death of Nhiek Sivorn, 45, are related to their activities as a “witch,” or traditional medicine doctor.


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