The Sam Rainsy Party is charging that the Tuesday slaying of a man in Siem Reap province was politically motivated, but provincial police claim the man was a CPP member.
Details surrounding the killing are sketchy, but Provincial Police Chief Soam Nady said an unknown number of gunmen entered the Chik Keak village house of Nhiek Sivorn, 45, at 8 pm and shot him once. The gunmen fled and Nhiek Sivorn died two hours later in a nearby hospital, the chief said.
No arrests have been made, and Sotr Nikom district criminal police are investigating. Although the shooting apparently happened in front of Nhiek Sivorn’s family, it is unclear whether any suspects have been identified, Soam Nady said.
It is too early to identify a motive, he added. Documentation found in the home indicates the victim was a longtime CPP member, Soam Nady said.
But a Wednesday statement from the Sam Rainsy Party said the victim, identified by the party as Nhok Vorn, was a party activist. In addition, the statement alleges the chief of Kien Sangkae commune on June 18 “had been asking around” the village in a threatening manner for the Sam Rainsy Party district president.
The UN is investigating one other alleged political killing in the Sotr Nikom district of Siem Reap. Officials are looking into claims that a Funcinpec member was slain May 28, but no other details were available.
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