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Chev’s death: court questions cops

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The police car, carrying the suspects to be questioned in court, shortly before departure. KT/Ven Rathavong

The Interior Ministry is reinvestigating the death of Chev Sovathana, which was initially deemed a suicide by the police. Five involved persons, among them members of the police force, were taken to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on March 31 for questioning.

The body of Chev Sovathana, a National Assembly official and member of the CPP’s youth group, was found hanging in her rented room in Daun Keo city on January 26. Daun Keo city police and local media reported that it was suicide.

After hearing provincial police officers, the young lady’s death is now seen as a homicide perpetrated by person or persons unknown.

On Thursday, March 29, National Police Commissioner General Neth Savoeun said that seven or eight Takeo provincial police officials were being questioned at the Interior Ministry. One of them is deputy provincial police chief Lay Narith, the older brother of former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak,
Phnom Penh Municipal Court interrogated five persons on the afternoon of March 31, including Mr Narith and an unnamed woman. The identities of the other three have not been disclosed.

As of the evening of March 31, the “persons of interest” have been returned into the custody of the ministry and will be further questioned on April 1.

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