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Two military police officers implicated in torture of villager

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Sar Bunsoeung, a deputy provincial military police chief who has been found to be involved in torturing a villager over land protest. Supplied

National Military Police today said that two Banteay Meanchey provincial military police officers have been found to be involved in torturing a villager over land protest.

According to the statement issued today by the committee investigating the alleged torture, two provincial military police officers were apprehended and sent to the provincial court yesterday.

It said that the two officers confessed that they beat up five villagers involved in a land dispute in O’Chrov district.

“They did commit torture,” the statement said and identified the suspects as Sar Bunsoeung, deputy provincial military police chief and Choy Rathana, an officer working at provincial anti-drug office.

On December 28, Tuy Sros, 34, and about 40 villagers from Changha commune in O’Chrov district gathered in front of Provincial Hall to protest against the alleged burning of homes on a disputed plot of land in Slor Kram and Soeng communes.

Mr Sros and four villagers were arrested and detained at the provincial military police headquarters between December 28 and 31 and accused  of committing violence against a property owner.

On January 1, Mr Sros was pronounced dead and his body was returned to his family for a funeral.

On Thursday, committee members also questioned Mr Sros’s wife and the four villagers who were detained along with Mr Sros.

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