Police Have Yet to Identify Assailants of Ex-CNRP Councilor

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Khiev Din, former opposition councilor for Pur Senchey district’s Kakab I commune, is attacked by two unidentified men on January 20, 2020, in a photo posted to former CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An’s Facebook page.

Police say they have yet to make any arrests in the beating of a former opposition commune councilor on Monday.

Khiev Din, 65, was attacked at about 11 a.m. while riding his motorbike in Phnom Penh to pick up his grandson from school. Surveillance footage that captured the attack shows two men on a motorbike pulling up to Din from behind and striking him on the head with a blunt object.

National police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said on Friday that the investigation was ongoing.

“There’s no complicated reason. There’s just not enough information, identification,” Kim Khoeun said. “The lack of information is quite important.”

In September, an ex-bodyguard of CNRP co-founder Sam Rainsy and a former opposition commune chief were attacked during the same week, both of them also by two men on a motorbike. The attackers for those two cases have also not been found.

Din’s wife, Pich Sokna, said her husband’s vision had become blurry since the attack. He has felt too dizzy to work as before, she said.

“I don’t have faith in the authorities at all because in the previous cases, they couldn’t find anything,” Sokna added.

Am Sam Ath, monitoring manager for rights group Licadho, said police officials seemed to not be paying attention and allowing the attacks to continue.

“This is very regretful and affects the reputation of the government,” he said.

(Translated and edited from the original article on VOD Khmer)

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