Police Seize Weapons From Fugitive General’s Homes

A day after the Appeal Court denied bail to the parents of fugitive defense ministry official Thong Sarath, municipal police and court officials Wednesday searched three residences belonging to the family and seized three AK-47 rifles at one of the homes.

The seizures came more than a month after a similar raid on the villas that police said had produced evidence that implicated Major General Sarath, a deputy cabinet chief at the Ministry of Defense, in the November 22 murder of Shimmex chairman Ung Meng Chue.

The fugitive general’s father, Thong Chamroeun, and mother, Keo Savy, were jailed on December 7 over charges of possession of illegal firearms and were denied bail by the appeal court on Tuesday.

Prum Sareoun, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s penal police, said Wednesday that municipal police and court officials searched three Phnom Penh homes belonging to the family.

“We did not see anything in the first place,” he said.

“After lunch, we continued to search two other homes and in Thong Sarath’s father’s house, and the police seized three AK-47s, a pistol, and about 14 bullets.”

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