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Three men charged with raping Frenchwoman

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The three accused rapists. National Police

Kampot Provincial Court on Friday charged three men for allegedly raping a 43-year-old Frenchwoman after offering her lift home in Kampot city on October 11.

Khann Sophal, deputy prosecutor and court spokesman, yesterday said they were charged with rape and sent to prison pending trial.

“The provincial court decided to put them into pretrial detention after they were charged with raping the Frenchwoman,” he said.

Provincial police officials identified the three as Seng Srun, 37, a taxi driver, Pum Livy, 19, and Nget Nophea, 23. All three were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday at different locations.

Mr Srun was arrested in Veal Rinh commune in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district on Tuesday and the other two were arrested on Bokor mountain in Kampot province’s Chhouk district on Wednesday.

Major General Mao Chanmathurith, provincial police chief, on Thursday said the Frenchwoman met him to seek justice, noting that she also asked police to test the three men’s blood.

“The reason why she met me was because she wanted police help to check the suspects’ blood to see if they had any sexually-transmitted disease,” he said. “She also requested the authorities to sentence them according to the law.”

Maj Gen Chanmathurith noted that the woman told him that she works in Cambodia, but he did not ask her where or which company she works for.

“I just know that the victim works in Cambodia,” said Maj Gen Chanmathurith.

Brigadier General Sao Sam Oeun, provincial deputy police chief, last week said the French woman filed a complaint with provincial police claiming that she was raped by three men on October 11.

He said she was walking out alone from Golden Time restaurant in Kampot city early in the morning when the three men drove by in a car and offered to give her a lift back to her rental home.

Brig Gen Sam Oeun said the men took her to a quiet spot where all three raped her before they dropped her off at about 5.40am at a roundabout in the city.

Yun Phally, Kampot provincial coordinator for the human right group Adhoc, yesterday said that police should strengthen security in Kampot province as well as throughout the Kingdom.

“If police do not strengthen security, crimes such as rape will affect foreign tourists,” he said.

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