Lay Vannak might be involved in the death of a National Assembly staff member

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Ms. Chev Sovathana and a former governor of Takeo province Mr. Lay Vannak. Swift News

Former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak might be involved in the death of a National Assembly staffer and member of the CPP’s youth group, according to an Interior Ministry official.

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 Daun Keo 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.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told local media on Saturday that according to an investigation, Mr Vannak might be involved in the death of Ms Sovathana.

Mr Sopheak could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

National Police chief  General Neth Savoeun said on Sunday that after being questioned, five people were linked to Ms Sovathana’s death, including deputy Takeo provincial police chief Lay Narith, Mr Vannak’s older brother, a maid and her husband, two drivers of Mr Vannak and Mr Narith.

“Now all five people have been questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court,” Gen Savoeun said.

When asked if Mr Vannak was linked to the death of Ms Sovathana, Gen Savoeun said: “I cannot comment now because we are investigating and comparing information.”

However, Mr Vannak flatly denied on Sunday that he and Mr Narith were involved in the death of Ms Sovathana, but admitted that he had an affair with her more than one year ago.

“I did not kill her,” Mr Vannak said, adding that she committed suicide because he asked her to break up with him, but she refused to do so and pleaded to be his second wife.

“I would not dare to kill her and sacrifice five lives, including my life, my wife’s life and my three children’s lives,” he said.

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