Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a Royal Cambodia Armed Forces senior officer for discharging his firearm during a domestic dispute last month at his home.
Sieng Sok, deputy prosecutor, said that the accused, Hou Chamroeun, was charged with threatening to kill his wife and mother-in-law.
The incident took place on April 21 at a villa owned by the accused in Dangkao district’s Prey Sar commune.
“I sent him to the investigating judge and he was charged for violating article 233 of the criminal code,” Mr Sok said, declining to give more detail.
Mr Chamroeun, who was granted the Oknha title a week before the shooting, faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to about $1,000 if convicted.
The accused was arrested by the Interior Ministry’s penal department about one month after the incident took place.
The accused is a high-profile public figure given his Oknha title. Mr Chamroeun and his wife, Kea Sokeang, were given the titles last month.
According to an unnamed Dangkao district police officer, Mr Chamroeun fired multiple shots, threatening to kill his wife and mother-in-law.Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Y Rin, court spokesman, said yesterday that the judge decided to detain the accused pending trial.
He said that the accused was sent to Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh.