Briefs: Governor Talks Tough After Casino Killings, Love Party Appoints New Leaders

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Two men lean on parked luxury cars near the Two Lions Roundabout in the center of Sihanoukville on May 31, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Four Chinese nationals, including three casino managers, have been charged for the murder of two men shot dead in Sihanoukville late last month.

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court spokesman Ly Chandara said on Monday that three managers of the Tongfang Palirin were charged as accomplices to murder and concealing evidence, while a fourth suspect was charged with murder and weapons possession. They were placed in pretrial detention at the provincial prison.

The shootings, on the night of July 30 in Pi commune, led to the deaths of two Chinese nationals, according to a police report.

Provincial spokesman Kheang Phearum said the shootings were believed to have arisen over a dispute over debt.

He added that governor Kuoch Chamroeun would not tolerate future crimes at Sihanoukville’s casinos.

“Following the shootings, the provincial administrative command has imposed strict measures on casinos and other business locations in the event of shootings, detention, drug use and other crimes,” Phearum said. “The province will close down the business and request the Royal Government to issue a policy to revoke the license from doing business in Sihanoukville.”

Court spokesman Ly Chandara identified the suspects as Ding Pingping, female, 35, casino manager; Xu Weiwei, male, 35, security camera manager; Du Jian Bo, male, 42, security manager; and Zheng Yingfei, male, 37, living in Buon commune.

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New Love Party Leadership Picked

The Cambodia National Love Party picked seven new people to replace senior leaders who have resigned since former party president Chiv Cata issued a statement claiming to dissolve the party.

Siev Visoth, who is acting head of the party, said remaining members of the permanent committee met on Saturday to pick seven replacements as per the party’s internal bylaws submitted to the Ministry of Interior.

“We have chosen more [people] for leadership roles, to [replace] those who resigned from the party recently. We just chose and added them up in order to make the leadership functioning again, meaning that our party will not face legal action,” Visoth said.

Visoth said the appointments were temporary and a party congress would be held to finalize their appointment.

The party was in turmoil recently after former party president Chiv Cata issued a statement dissolving the party and calling for members to migrate to the CPP. Other senior leaders also resigned from the party, but have yet to detail reasons for their exit.

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