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Officers question wanted military police official

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Military police question Major San Sokhom. Fresh News

A Kratie provincial military police official wanted for questioning over the assault of two people in Kampong Cham province has made an appearance at the Kampong Cham provincial military police headquarters, according to his father.

On Saturday, two people filed a complaint against Major San Sokhom, the Kratie police official, claiming that he threatened and assaulted them as they were playing an online game at an internet cafe in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune.

According to the complaint, Maj Sokhom pulled 25-year-old Vann Chan Aktichakpanha and 28-year-old Ye Chenda from their seats, took them to his car and pointed his gun at them.

The two managed to escape, and ran back to the cafe, only to be followed and assaulted by Maj Sokhom.

After the incident, Maj Sokhom fled the scene and a summons was issued on Sunday by the Kampong Cham provincial court.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered Brigadier General San Bunthan, Kratie military police commander and father of Maj Sokhom, to tell his son to turn himself in to the authorities.

“I send a message to [Brig Gen Bunthan] to urge his son to clarify what happened to the court,” Mr Hun Sen said. “If he loves his son so much, then he will lose his rank.”

Brig Gen Bunthan yesterday said he sent Maj Sokhom to the Kampong Cham provincial military police headquarters in the afternoon. He said that he is not proud of his son’s action, noting that footage the incident has been posted on social media.

“I sent him to the Kampong Cham provincial military police headquarters on Monday afternoon,” Brig Gen Bunthan said.

When asked about the incident at the internet cafe, Brig Gen Bunthan said the victims were friends of Maj Sokhom’s younger brother and Maj Sokhom had asked the victims about pawning his younger brother’s cell phone and jewelry.

“My son is a Major and is a bureau commander at the Kratie provincial military police headquarters,” he said, declining to comment when asked where Maj Sokhom get the gun from.

Huot Vuthy, Kampong Cham provincial court prosecutor, yesterday said Maj Sokhom has yet to make a court appearance.

“Provincial military police officials told me they will send Maj Sokhom to the provincial court today, but I have not seen him,” Mr Vuthy said.

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