Police Name Suspect in Rubber Plantation Killing

Kompong Cham provincial police on Sunday identified suspect Nay Han, 27, as the armed guard they are seeking in Fri­day’s shooting death of a rubber plan­tation worker who had re­port­edly been attempting to steal latex.

Seng Sokim, deputy provincial po­lice chief, said officers also confiscated 15 AK-47 assault rifles Sat­urday from the guards at Cham­kar Andaung rubber plantation at the request of provincial Gov­ernor Hun Neng.

“Only 5 kg of resin and he was killed,” Hun Neng said of the death of Phlech Nol, 23, originally identified by police as Muth Nol. “We will take all the guns from the guards,” he said.

The killing sparked protests Friday night by over 300 villagers in Chamkar Leu district, who re­portedly burned down a guard house at the plantation as well as the home of chief guard Pov Ra be­fore setting fire to the home of the plantation director, which was only partly damaged.

The plantation’s management could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Phlech Nol was married with a one-year-old daughter, his brother Prak Kim Yan said. “Let the au­thorities arrest the killer. Com­pen­sation must be paid,” Prak Kim Yan said.

On Saturday, a company representative paid the victim’s family $250 and contributed two sacks of rice toward the funeral, Seng So­kim said.

Local rights group Adhoc identified the alleged shooter as plantation guard On Sok Heng, 38, who re­portedly kicked a motorcycle, on which the victim was a pas­senger, to the ground.

The guard then allegedly fired three rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle, striking Phlech Nol once in the left side of the head, said Chan So­veth, Adhoc monitoring section officer.

Armed plantation guards in Kom­pong Cham province were involved in 10 incidents in 2005 and two of these cases were fatal shootings, he said.

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