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Three charged over forest murders

Khy Sovuthy and Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
The six officers charged with murder in Mondulkiri. Supplied

The Mondulkiri Provincial Court on Monday charged one border post officer and two military officers with premeditated murder after a shooting last week that killed three conservationists on patrol in a wildlife sanctuary in Mondulkiri province.

Ya Narin, the director of the Mondulkiri Provincial Court, on Monday told Khmer Times that the court had charged three suspects, Phal Penh, the chief of the O’Rolear border post, Kert Veha, a military officer, and Kert Veta with premeditated murder.

Three other suspects, Chheang Vannith, Lay Savy and Torn Theara, were charged with being accessories to forest crime.

“Three suspects, Phal Penh, Kert Veha and Kert Veta, were charged with premeditated murder and another three suspects were charged with forest crimes and we decided to detain all of them at the provincial prison,” Mr Narin said. He declined to give more details.

Mam Vanda, the deputy prosecutor in charge of the case, said: “All of them have been detained at the provincial prison already.”

However, Mr Vanda also declined to comment further.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper.

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