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Four officers wanted over death threats

The pistol used in self defence was handed in as evidence. Wikimedia Commons

Four police officers from Kampong Thom province are wanted for threatening to shoot dead a village chief and five village security guards over a land dispute.

The incident took place on Monday in Kratie province’s Prek Brasob district, near the border with Kampong Thom.

District police chief Chan Sophalla said the chief of Siten village in Prek Brasob and his guards had been invited to a meeting intended to solve a land dispute with the chief of Romduol Thmey village, in Kampong Thom’s Santhuk district.

Siten village chief Say Then and Romduol Thmey village chief Sek Eng were unable to come to an agreement at the meeting and four police officers from Santhuk district threatened Mr Then and his men at gunpoint on behalf of Mr Eng.

“They got into a verbal argument with one another,” Mr Sophalla said.

“The police officers from Santhuk district pointed pistols at Mr Then and the five village security guards, threatening to shoot them.

“To defend themselves, Mr Then and the five guards fought back and grabbed one of the guns. The police officers then fled.”

Mr Then later filed a police complaint and provided the seized pistol as evidence.

Sok Savuth, deputy commander of Kratie military police, said officers have already identified the four gunmen.

“We are liaising with their superiors to punish them,” he said.

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