Hundreds join funeral of murdered government critic
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.