‘I Am a Soldier,’ Suspect Said Before Kem Ley’s Murder

Source : The Cambodia Daily / July 15, 2016 by

Angkor Chum district, Siem Reap province – Late last week, Um Oeung received a call from his friend Oeuth Ang. It had been about 10 days since Mr. Ang up and left their sleepy village in Siem Reap province.

“I asked him, ‘What are you doing now?’” Mr. Oeung said on Tuesday, sitting outside his friend’s house after being interviewed by police.


Police inspect the body of Kem Ley after he was shot dead in a gas station convenience store in Phnom Penh on Sunday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“He said, ‘I am a soldier in Phnom Penh.’”

Mr. Ang sounded upbeat, he said, so he started joking with him, asking if he could find him a similar job in the capital.

“I told him: ‘You have a job and a salary; help me get one too!’”

Then the line went dead. He tried to call his friend back, but it would not go through.



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