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Cops questioned over woman’s suicide

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The victim with Lay Vannak Fresh News

Nearly ten Takeo provincial police and military police officials are being questioned at the Interior Ministry this week over the death of a woman in Daun Keo city that was reported as a suicide in January.

The body of Chev Sovathana, a National Assembly official and member of the CPP’s youth group, was found by her maid hanging in her rental room in the city on January 26.

After the discovery, Daun Keo city police and local media reported the case as a suicide, but it is now apparently being re-investigated.

National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun said yesterday that about seven or eight Takeo provincial police officials, including deputy provincial police chief Lay Narith, older brother of former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak, are being questioned at the Interior Ministry over the case.

General Neth Savoeun, right. Fresh News

“They were questioned over the woman’s death,” Gen Savoeun said. “We questioned them to compare information.”

“Two military police officers were also questioned already,” Gen Savoeun added.

Gen Savoeun declined to discuss the case further when asked if the case was no longer considered a suicide and if the transfer of former Takeo provincial governor Mr Vannak to the Interior Ministry earlier this month was linked to the case.

Gen Savoeun then referred questions to the Interior Ministry. General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the ministry, could not be reached for comment, while Takeo provincial police chief Sok Samnang declined to comment yesterday.

Daun Keo city police chief Chhay Savuth said in January that the woman had killed herself, noting that officers suspected she was involved in a love affair based upon a letter found by her body.

After her funeral, the victim’s family raised concerns that the case may not have been a suicide and local news reports published their claims.

The reports said that no chair was found by the body, meaning it would have been impossible for her to hang herself, and added that her hand was found locked into the rope’s knots, apparently from a struggle to free herself.

The reports also said that fingerprints were found on the body and that the case was likely murder motivated by a love triangle.​General Kirth Chantharith, spokesman for the National Police, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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