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Alleged gang rapists arrested

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The suspects Thon Chhunly and Lo Seila. Supplied

Two of five young men accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old woman in Kandal province last week were arrested and charged on Saturday.

Provincial police officer Chea Vibol identified the suspects as Thon Chhunly, a 17-year-old driver, and construction workers Prel Mou, 17, Seng “Nak” Nov, 21, Touch Rath, 22, and Lo “Pov” Seila, 24.

Mr Seila and Mr Chhunly were arrested but the other three are still at large.

Seng Phal, an officer with Khsach Kandal district police, said Mr Nov befriended the victim through Facebook earlier this month.

He persuaded her to meet him in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey commune on the afternoon of October 21, before taking her to visit his friends who were smoking drugs at an abandoned construction site in Kandal province.

“After the victim arrived at their place, they forced her to smoke drugs with them,” he said. “Mr Nov raped her first and then gave her to his four friends, who raped her one at a time.”

Mr Phal said the suspects then detained the victim overnight and forced her to smoke drugs with them again the next day, repeating the rapes a second time.

Mr Vibol said the men were charged by the provincial court prosecutor with rape under aggravating circumstances.

“They face from seven to 15 years each in prison if convicted,” he said.

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