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Fugitive military officer arrested after three years

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The officer was convicted of murder in 2015. Post News

After three years on the run, authorities finally jailed a military officer and member of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit yesterday for murdering a man in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district in 2015.

Keo Pesith, a provincial police officer with the criminal investigation department, identified the man as Captain Tim Sary, 38, a military officer and member of Mr Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit who lived in Takeo province.

Mr Pesith said provincial penal police in Takeo province arrested Cap Sary yesterday.​ Mr Pesith said that Cap Sary was arrested in accordance with a warrant issued by Kandal Provincial Court. Cap Sary was transferred to a prison in the province of Kandal, where he will serve a lifetime sentence.

According to court records, Cap Sary was convicted of premeditated murder in absentia and sentenced to life in prison on August 10, 2015.

The provincial court also ordered him to pay a total of $10,000 to the plaintiff.

Police said the murder took place on the night of July 4, 2015, in the village of Kork Popheal, where Cap Sary was attending a birthday party.

During the party, Cap Sary was drunk when he got into an argument with the victim, police officer Srey Chanyuthy, 43, who was also drunk at the time.

“Cap Sary pulled out his sidearm and fired 15 bullets into the victim. The victim died on the spot,” Mr Pesith said. “He got drunk and angry when the victim looked at him the wrong way.”

“After shooting the victim, he fled the scene on his motorbike,” he added.

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