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Airport cleaver attacker charged

Ros Chanveasna / Khmer Times Share:
The attacker is taken into custody at the airport. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday laid an attempted murder charge against the man who attacked a visitor at the Phnom Penh International Airport with a meat cleaver last week.

Municipal Court spokesman Ly Sophanna said Keo Phirum, 25, was charged with attempted murder for the attack on Keo Sitha, 51, who was at the airport to pick up his boss.

“This criminal case was passed to the investigating judge for further legal action,” said Mr Sophanna, adding the suspect faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Mr Sophanna said that the suspect has been taken back into police custody following the preliminary charge and is due back in court today to be questioned further by the investigating judge.

Last week, Mr Phirum allegedly hacked Mr Sitha with a butcher knife while the victim was waiting to pick up his boss, tycoon Eung Bunhoaw, from an overseas trip.

Local police immediately arrested Mr Phirum, who works for a transportation company, at the airport.

Police have not yet confirmed a motive for the attack.

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