‘MEET TO KILL’

For­mer sol­dier jailed for brazen day­time shoot­ing of govt critic last July

New Straits Times - - World -

PH­NOM PENH

ACOURT yes­ter­day jailed a for­mer sol­dier for life for the brazen day­time shoot­ing of a stri­dent gov­ern­ment critic, a killing that stunned the king­dom’s hemmed-in rights com­mu­nity.

Oeuth Ang, an un­em­ployed ex­sol­dier, shot Kem Ley in the head while his vic­tim was hav­ing a morn­ing cof­fee at a petrol sta­tion here in July.

He had told the court he shot Kem Ley over a prop­erty deal that went bad, which saw him hand the ac­tivist US$3,000 (RM13,275) — more than double Cam­bo­dia’s av­er­age an­nual wage.

Sup­port­ers of Kem Ley have cast doubt over the ap­par­ent mo­tive, in a coun­try where as­sas­si­na­tions of gov­ern­ment op­po­nents and land and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists are all too com­mon.

De­liv­er­ing the rul­ing, judge

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