Prey Veng Families Return Home, Security Bumped Up

Funcinpec families who fled their Prey Veng homes last week following the slaying of two people with party connections have returned, provincial Governor Tep Nannory said Tuesday.

Provincial police have pro-mised to reinforce security in the villages, said Tep Nannory, who is a Fun­cinpec member. He said the level of political tension in the area was “stable.”

Up to 15 families with party connections fled their homes last week after the June 14 execution-style killings of Phun Phoun, 32, and Neang Mom Yang, 39, the wife of the party’s second deputy district representative.

Funcinpec officials on Tuesday also continued to label the murders as politically motivated, citing evidence that nothing was stolen from the victims.

Mao Chandara, chief of headquarters for National Police, said Tuesday there are no suspects or arrests and that an investigation is ongoing. He repeated the police’s initial assessment that robbery and jealousy were motives.

Rights groups this week began to make preliminary assessments on the killings. The local human rights group Adhoc reported the kil­lings were politically motivated, while a rights worker from another organization said, “We’re still holding things open.”

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