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Police official jailed after shots fired at home

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Caption: Lieutenant General Hun Chea, a senior police official at Ministry of Interior who was sentenced to 18-month in jail. Fresh News

A high-ranking police official was sentenced to 18 months in jail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today after he was arrested by the authorities over discharging his service weapon during an argument with his wife.

Authorities identified the accused as Lieutenant General Hun Chea, a high-ranking police official at Ministry of Interior.Y Rin, spokesman for the court, said that the court sentenced Mr Chea to 18 months in prison for death threats and damaging property.

“The court sentenced him to 18 months in prison,” Mr Rin said.

Lt Gen Chea fired ten shots into the air and threatening to kill his wife during a dispute on Tuesday night at about 11.30pm at his villa in Daun Penh district’s Phmar Thmey I commune.

Colonel Sok Rithy, with the Interior Ministry’s Penal Police Department, said that Lt Gen Chea was first brought to the Interior Ministry for questioning, noting that he was then forwarded to the municipal court to be questioned by a prosecutor today.

“He was arguing with his wife. He fired ten shots into the air at his villa,” Col Rithy said. “No one was injured.”

A clerk with the municipal court said yesterday that Lt Gen Chea was questioned by deputy prosecutor Seang Sok today afternoon before being convicted and sentenced.

“For this case, he was accused with unlawfully discharging his service weapon,” he said.

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