Briefs: Another Naga Protester Questioned, Gun Shooting in Pailin

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A NagaWorld protester in Phnom Penh on September 16, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

A third NagaWorld protester was questioned in court on Tuesday over alleged breaking and entering in a case that remains unclear.

Choub Sophorn said she was questioned during the afternoon at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, with a prosecutor showing her printouts of photographs of protesters outside the NagaWorld casino.

The prosecutor asked whether she had yelled at the company on August 19 and 20.

“I didn’t shout and yell. I only held a banner demanding a solution,” she said.

Workers have been protesting for 11 months following mass layoffs that they said targeted unionists.

At least seven workers have been summoned for questioning based on a complaint from NagaCorp alleging breaking and entering, intentional damage and illegal confinement. Two others were questioned on Monday, but said they were unable to get clarity on what they were accused of.

“They also asked when I want to stop striking,” Sophorn said.

Unionist Nop Tithboravy said another worker had received a summons for November 22. All of them asked for a delay on their initial summonses.

— Keat Soriththeavy

Six Suspects Being Questioned Over Shooting at Pailin Casino

Authorities are questioning six Thai nationals over a shootout in Pailin province, while Koh Kong’s Provincial Court charged six foreigners who allegedly abducted a Malaysian woman over the weekend. 

Pailin provincial court prosecution spokesperson Chea Sa told VOD that six Thai nationals had been arrested on Friday over a clash involving several gunshots.

The clash occurred Friday morning near a river in Stung Kach commune’s Stung Kach village, involving six Thai nationals who worked at a Pailin casino called “Gain,” according to Sala Krao district police chief Meas Saron. (Gain Casino could not be identified but Pailin appears to have a Grand Casino.) 

“They shot for fun and nobody was injured,” Saron said, adding that police confiscated three pistols and 136 bullets.

The six people were named as Eimraksawong Purin, 30, Ta Chhay, 27, Suepsomboat Chaninthon, 19, Bunthuk Thawatchai, 33, Sittipong Vuthichai, 32, and Atthip, 23.

Separately, Koh Kong Provincial Prosecution spokesperson Vey Phearom said six suspects who were arrested for abduction and extortion in Khemara Phoumin city had been charged on Monday and placed in pretrial detention.

Arrested on Friday, the group allegedly detained a Malaysian woman in a city property since October 31 and demanded $5,000 in ransom to set her free.

— Mech Dara

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