A mastermind arrested in connection with firearms trafficking

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Ros Samon, also known as Kroch, suspected of being the mastermind. Photo: National Police

Police yesterday arrested a man who they believe to be a member of the Khmer National Liberation Front and suspected of being the mastermind behind the eight people who were charged on Monday for trafficking illegal firearms, a senior official said.

Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said last night that police arrested the 44 year-old man named Ros Samon, also known as Kroch in Preah Vihear province and he was brought to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning.

“Police in Preah Vihear province arrested one more suspect who is one of the leaders in the group today afternoon [Tuesday] and now he was brought to Phnom Penh Court for questioning,” Gen Sopheak said.

In the report, police also confiscated 1 AK-47 assault rifle, and one gun, including a number of explosives, and ammunitions.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophanna could not be reached for comment.

Gen Sopheak added that the police forces are now looking for more suspects involving in the trafficking of firearms that meant to be used in a plot to overthrow the government.

He said that Interior Minister Sar Kheng offered $50,000 to police officers for making the arrests.

The Interior Ministry’s department for combating terrorism and transnational crimes has also identified another man, Beng Sokha, also known as Mao, as the mastermind who remains at large.

KNLF president Sam Serey denied the two men identified by police as the mastermind are KNLF members.

“I do not know them. It is their plot organized by police and ministry of interior to defame me and the KNLF,” Mr Serey said.

He also denied that the eight people were KNLF members.

The eight people were linked by police to the KNLF and the Tiger Head movement; both deemed terrorist organisations by the government.

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