Kampong Thom provincial military police on Wednesday released a young man from custody after he was questioned for allegedly advertising to be a murderer-for-hire on a Khmer-language Facebook page.
Bun Khy, director of the justice department of Kampong Thom provincial military police, said the suspect, Him Sokhor, 18, posted a photo of a black pistol on a Facebook page with a caption saying “hire to murder people” in Khmer.
Mr Sokhor admitted to the authorities that he had indeed posted the photo of the gun and wrote the caption to impress his friends. Mr Sokhar added that he didn’t even have a gun.
Mr Khy said the young man was released after a brief period of questions at the military police station.
“We have already educated him and allowed him to return back home,” he said.In a separate case last month, military police in Phnom Penh arrested 17-year-old Lim Lyheng, owner of a Facebook page advertising the sale of meth, an allegation Mr Lyheng denied. Police then sent the young man to court for drug use.
Last year, authorities also arrested a young migrant worker, Ven Sopheap, for using Facebook to threaten to kill Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post in 2016.
In 2015, another teenager, Tao Savoeun, was sentenced to prison after he threatened a bomb attack to kill Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng on Facebook.