Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday donated $50,000 to the family of slain political analyst Kem Ley to help build a stupa for his ashes.
In March, gunman and former soldier Eurth Ang was sentenced to life after pleading guilty to gunning down the popular political analyst last July. Mr Ang, also known as Choub Samlab which translates to “meet and kill”, was arrested as he fled the scene.
He claimed he shot Mr Ley over an unpaid $3,000 debt, allegations which have been denied by the family members of both men.
Mr Hun Sen donated $10,000 to the family after learning it had not gathered enough to cover the costs of ceremonies in Mr Ley’s homeland of Takeo this month to mark the anniversary of his killing.
On Saturday, Mr Hun Sen donated a further $50,000 to the family, this time toward the construction of a stupa for Mr Ley’s ashes, the cost of which has been estimated at $170,000.
Sao Kosal, a member of a committee working to construct the stupa, said $60,000 had been collected to build the shrine, including the recent donation by Mr Hun Sen. “We have laid the foundation and are building gradually,” Mr Kosal said.
“This is because out budget is not enough yet. So, I would like to appeal to all the people who are willing to contribute to the construction, they can donate to Kem Ley’s mother directly.”
Mr Ley’s brother Kem Rithysith could not be reached for comment.