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Police officer in court over death threats

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A file photo shows an accused officer being led to court. KT/Chor Sokunthea

An immigration police officer with the Ministry of Interior was yesterday afternoon arrested for beating and threatening to kill his ex-wife.

The suspect was identified as Neareay Reachsey, 30.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court earlier charged him in absentia with making death threats and intentional violence against his wife Thach Sroh Thi, whom he divorced last year.

According to court documents, the suspect and his wife split up because of his gambling addiction and the fact he beat her regularly.

However, problems between Mr Reachsey and his ex-wife continued after their separation, because their two children lived with her and he would visit the family home.

Mr Reachsey allegedly continued to beat his wife and stole property from her to fund his gambling addiction.

She said he threatened to kill her if she took him to court, but she filed a police complaint against him in May.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court summoned him for questioning three times to no avail. Eventually he was charged in absentia and a warrant issued for his arrest.

Ly Sothy, a penal police officer with the Ministry of Interior, said Mr Reachsey had been sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning.

“He was arrested in accordance with the court warrant,” he said, declining to comment further.

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