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Cop faces 35 years over rape, kidnapping

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The cop accused of confining a woman to rape her. DAP News

Prey Veng Provincial Court on Saturday charged a provincial police officer over the kidnapping and rape of a woman over the course of months at a rental home in Kampong Trabek district.

Prosecutor Meas Sopheat confirmed yesterday that the court charged Dim Makara, 25, a provincial police officer and the son of Brigadier General Dim Yarom, deputy chief of Prey Veng provincial police in charge of the criminal investigation department.

Mr Sopheat said the accused was charged over the rape and kidnapping of a woman over the course of four months.

“We have decided to charge and jail him,” Mr Sopheak said. “He’s been charged with rape, kidnapping and unlawfully keeping a person in captivity.”

The accused was arrested on Thursday after a report was filed by the victim. If found guilty, the accused faces up to 35 years in prison.

Nhoek Vanny, court spokesperson, declined to comment yesterday and said that he was not familiar with the case. Investigating Judge Saing Serey declined to comment.

Major General Chea Sreng, provincial police chief, also declined to comment yesterday, but on Thursday said that the accused was treated as any other criminal.

“We did not take into account the fact that he is the son of a provincial police official. If he committed an offence, he will be arrested and face the law just the same as everyone else,” he said. “He was arrested by the provincial penal police Thursday morning. He was accused by a girl who said that he unlawfully detained her and confined her to have sex with her for more than four months.”

“He also threatened to sell her to other people or even kill her and her whole family if she told anyone about it,” he added.

Veng Sophal, a police officer in Kampong Trabek district, said the accused was arrested after police received the complaint from the victim who detailed how she was confined and raped repeatedly for months.

Brig Gen Yarom, the father of the accused, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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