Police to look into viral fight video

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Screen grabs from the fight video that went viral. CEN

The Phnom Penh police chief has ordered authorities to look into a video clip that went viral yesterday, showing one foreign national being assaulted by several Cambodian men.

General Chuon Sovann said that after seeing the video clip that went viral, he ordered an inquiry to identify all of the perpetrators.

“I ordered district police to handle this case yesterday after I saw the video clip,” he said.

He added that Daun Penh district police began the investigation process to identify the suspects yesterday.

Gen Sovann declined to comment further on the matter and referred questions to the district police.

Over the weekend, a video clip was shared on social media showing a Cambodian man attacking a woman who was accompanied by a foreign national.

The foreigner defended the woman, but four to five other Cambodian men joined in and a brawl ensued.

Social media responses created an atmosphere of rumours saying that the woman could have been the former wife of the initial attacker. Some posts suggested that the Cambodian man was drunk when he approached the couple.

Huot Chan Yarann, Daun Penh district police chief, declined to comment and referred questions to his deputy, Khuon Nguon.

Mr Nguon said that police are cooperating with other unnamed officials to solve the matter.

In a separate case in April, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court jailed a Serbian national on assault and attempted arson charges over the beating of a local pizza shop owner, whose store was nearly burned down by the accused in the province.

Pol Phosda, chief of Sihanoukville police, identified the accused as 37-year-old Serbian national Milos Micevic, a tour boat driver.

Mr Phosda said Mr Milos assaulted Chhorn Sorya, 36, owner of Jungle Bar and Phorn Rithy, 30, a staff member, for refusing to sell him pizza.

After the beating, Mr Milos attempted to burn the shop down using gasoline.

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