Siem Reap Court Summons Pair of Comedians

The Siem Reap Provincial Court has summoned television comedians Ou Bunarath and Sok Chanthi-da for questioning over a non-fatal shooting outside a Siem Reap town nightclub in October, court officials said.

Touch Sokpheakdey, chief prov-incial prosecutor, said Thursday that the two are scheduled to come to court next Tuesday since officials believe they might be able to shed light on a still-missing suspect from the gun crime.

“They are very important for our investigation to find a fifth man, who is a son of a high-ranking official,” he said, though he declined to name the official or specify his branch of government.

The shooting occurred on Oct 11 when CTN programmer Ing Rotha and singer Tit Vichka report-edly became involved in a verbal argument with a security guard at the Zone One Disco in Siem Reap town, municipal penal police chief Ou Em said.

Military police detained both men and wrote a report, but freed the pair about an hour later.

The two attended the club to watch both Ou Bunarath and Sok Chanthida perform and began drinking afterwards with the entertainers, Ou Em said. Outside the disco, an argument broke out—though it was unclear why—re-portedly leading Tit Vichka to fire

a handgun eight times in the air.

Ou Bunarath and Sok Chanthi-da both said Thursday that they had not yet received any documents from the court and maintained they were not involved in the incident.

“I am a witness, but I was not involved with the shooting,” Ou Bunarath said Thursday.

Neither Ing Rotha nor Tit Vich-ka could be reached for comment Thursday.


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