Officer charged over shooting

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:
Major Thy was angry over the planting of rice. Supplied

A military police officer in Stung Treng province was charged yesterday with threatening to kill three farmers in a land dispute.
 
Major Chan Thy, 54, is accused of firing five bullets after arguing with the villagers on Saturday over land in Siem Bok district’s O-Mareah commune. He has also been charged with illegal use of a weapon.
 
Seng Veasna, deputy commander of Siem Bok district military police, said Major Thy had been charged with firing the bullets at the men on Saturday afternoon in Tbong Khla village.
 
He said the major had cleared and occupied a hectare of untitled public land for his own use and someone else had since started planting rice on it
 
“He was angry at the villagers for planting rice on his land. He then took an AK-47 rifle and fired five bullets at them,” said Mr Veasna. “Luckily, nobody was hurt.”
 
He said military police had confiscated a rifle and some bullets.
 
Major Thy faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

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