Hun­dreds join fu­neral of mur­dered gov­ern­ment critic

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HUN­DREDS of mourn­ers gath­ered for the fu­neral yes­ter­day of a prom­i­nent Cam­bo­dian po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor gunned down in broad day­light, as the prime min­is­ter vowed a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Kem Ley, a well-re­garded po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst and grass­roots cam­paigner, was shot dead on July 10 as he drank cof­fee at a con­ve­nience store at­tached to a petrol sta­tion in Ph­nom Penh.

The mur­der of the 46-year-old has shocked the na­tion and comes as ten­sions boil be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen and the op­po­si­tion.

Bud­dhist monks led a large crowd, many wear­ing black and white, at a tem­ple where Mr Kem Ley’s body was laid out, cov­ered by Cam­bo­dia’s na­tional flag and strewn with flow­ers.

One dis­tressed mourner cut his arm with a ra­zor blade in front of the vic­tim’s body in an act of protest at the si­lenc­ing of the re­spected an­a­lyst.

Po­lice say they have ar­rested the gun­man, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Chuob Sam­lab – an un­likely Kh­mer name which trans­lates as “meet to kill” – and con­fessed to killing the an­a­lyst over an un­paid debt. –

Mourn­ers pay their re­spects dur­ing a fu­neral cer­e­mony for po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Kem Ley at a pagoda in Ph­nom Penh yes­ter­day. The prom­i­nent Cam­bo­dian po­lit­i­cal

com­men­ta­tor was gunned down in broad day­light on July 10.

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