Two Daun Penh district security guards were arrested on Tuesday for beating and inciting others to beat university professor Suy Samreth in a mob attack that followed two hit-and-run accidents in Phnom Penh on Sunday.
Kong Chantha, a municipal traffic police officer, identified the two suspects as Pheach Kimhak and Sok Ra, both Daun Penh district security guards.
However, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by Daun Penh District Hall, the suspects are former Daun Penh district security guards.
Mr Chantha added they were arrested on Tuesday evening based on their photographs, which had been taken from surveillance cameras near the site of the violence.
“According to the CCTV cameras, they were the ones inciting the crowd to hit the victim [Mr Sareth] on the day of the violence,” he said.
“They also beat the victim right there in his car.”
The mob beating took place on Sunday afternoon at about 3pm in Tuol Kork district’s Toek La’ak II commune.
Mr Chantha earlier this week said the professor was driving his car alone along National Road 5 in Russey Keo district on Sunday when he hit a motorbike and seriously injured its driver.
After the accident, Mr Samreth fled into the city but proceeded to crash into two more motorbikes near Depo Market in Tuol Kork district.
Angry motorists, who saw the accident, drove their motorbikes in pursuit of Mr Samreth and finally stopped him near Preah Kossamak Hospital in Toek La’ak III commune.
They proceeded to beat Mr Samreth, who remains hospitalised in Vietnam.
Full story on Thursday’s paper