03 March 2012
By Kuch Vipheak
Translated from Khmer by Soch
Svay Rieng – In response to news media report indicating that Chhouk Bandit, the mayor of Bavet city who is suspected of shooting and causing injuries to 3 workers – was arrested, Chieng Am, the Svay Rieng provincial governor, confirmed over the phone that, as of 03 March 2012, there was no arrest made against the CPP Bandit yet.
Chieng Am told DAP-news over the phone that Chhouk Bandit was not arrested, i.e. his case will be dealt legally by the court.
This morning, Orn Soeun, the commander of the Svay Rieng military police, confirmed over the phone that there is no news about Chhouk Bandit’s arrest yet. Similarly Kiet Chantarith, the spokesman for the national police force, also made the same claim.
Expectations for the arrest of Chhouk Bandit started when Sar Kheng, the minister of Interior, revealed that Chhouk Bandit was indeed the suspect in the shooting on protesting workers in Bavet city. The shooting led to 3 workers who were seriously injured and had to be sent to Calmette hospital for medical care.