M’kiri man ar­rested for son’s bru­tal mur­der

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Kong Meta

THE fa­ther of an 11-year-old boy, who was bru­tally mur­dered last month in Mon­dulkiri prov­ince’s Koh Nhek dis­trict, was de­tained for ques­tion­ing by provin­cial po­lice to as­sist in its in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Deputy provin­cial po­lice chief Sou So­van told The Post on Tues­day that he or­dered the fa­ther to be ques­tioned on the mur­der of his son, Chouch Lien, who was killed in the mid­dle of a rice field.

So­van said the fa­ther Chel Chouch, 34, ap­pears to have with­held in­for­ma­tion. He did not tell the po­lice whom he met upon re­turn­ing, which his neigh­bours did.

“We waited for him to talk, but he seemed to not want to talk. As for ev­i­dence found at the crime scene, we can­not con­firm any­thing yet.

“This case is not re­venge be­cause the child was only 11 years old. And it can­not be said that [the boy] had re­venge is­sues with oth­ers,” he said.

So­van said the fam­ily was pre­vi­ously ac­cused of prac­tis­ing sorcery and that po­lice wanted Chouch to re­veal more in­for­ma­tion about the mur­der.

“He knew [some­thing], but he tried to hide it. We sus­pect that sorcery is be­hind the mur­der, but this is just our ini­tial as­sess­ment.

“We in­vited him to share more in­for­ma­tion with us. He knew more, but he tried to with­hold it from us. Still, so far we have not ac­cused him of com­mit­ting the mur­der,” So­van said.

Koh Nhek dis­trict po­lice chief Khlout Sokhea said po­lice de­tained Chouch on Tues­day and asked him to pro­vide ad­di­tional state­ments. They then sent him to the provin­cial po­lice sta­tion.

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