A 33-year-old police officer from the Interior Ministry was yesterday charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly beating a traffic policeman over a traffic dispute.
Bun Visal, a municipal traffic police officer, identified the suspect as Major Sao Phanha, a police officer with the Interior Ministry’s anti-transnational crime department.
“He was charged by the court’s prosecutor with intentional acts of violence,” he said. “He faces at least six months in prison if convicted.”
Mr Visal said the suspect is still being questioned by the court’s investigating judge and will be sent to prison today.
He added that Maj Phanha was arrested on Tuesday evening for beating Oeur Chamnan, 27, after the victim attempted to stop his car for driving in the wrong direction in Sen Sok district’s Teuk Thla commune.
Koy Phalla, another municipal traffic police officer, said that on Monday evening, Maj Phanha had been seen driving in the wrong direction in Teuk Thla commune.
He said Mr Chamnan, who was on duty, attempted to stop the suspect’s car but he fled instead.
The next evening, according to Mr Phalla, the suspect drove his car back to the scene to confront Mr Chamnan, kicking him in front of a crowd.
“He was angry at the traffic policeman for stopping his car. He then kicked him even though he begged for forgiveness,” he said. “After kicking the victim, he drove off.”
Mr Phalla added that Maj Phanha was arrested that same evening in accordance with a direct order from National Police chief General Neth Savoeun.
Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned officials in Phnom Penh to crack down on traffic offences or risk being sacked after observing many drivers violating the law near the Independence Monument.