Banteay Meanchey provincial police arrested a former Khmer Rouge soldier on Wednesday for illegal weapons possession after a tip from angry villagers cheated out of money.
Seung Mann Soeng, chief of the provincial serious crimes office, said yesterday that villagers in Boeung Beng commune tipped police off to the weapons cache after the man lied to them about being their guarantor on loans from a microfinance institution.
“Ten families filed a complaint to us regarding the fact he tricked people into using their house and land titles to borrow money with him being their guarantor,” said Mr Soeng.
“When the microfinance institution came to collect money from the villagers, they were not able to pay it back and when the institution asked the suspect, he ignored them.”
Mr Soeng identified the suspect as Sum Yong, 54, a former Khmer Rouge soldier.
“The information that he had the weapons leaked from angry families, who said he illegally kept the weapons at his home. When we questioned him, he confessed to it,” he said.
Mr Soeng said two rifles were confiscated from the suspect’s home and added the suspect’s cousin is wanted for questioning after fleeing the area.
“When we made the arrest, his cousin was nervous and escaped,” he said. “We are determining his identity to get an arrest warrant.”
Mr Yong was due in court yesterday evening.