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Police Denying Responsibility for Vendor’s Shooting Death

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

A Cambodian Buddhist monk, center top, helps an injured worker, center bottom, beaten by riot police inside a Buddhist pagoda in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Cambodian police have fired live ammunition at protesting garment workers outside the capital, injuring at least six protesters and killing a bystander. The human rights group Licadho says hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. Factory clashed Tuesday with about 1,000 riot police sent to block a march from the factory to the Phnom Penh residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen. (AP Photo)

A Cambodian Buddhist monk, center top, helps an injured worker, center bottom, beaten by riot police inside a Buddhist pagoda in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Cambodian police have fired live ammunition at protesting garment workers outside the capital, injuring at least six protesters and killing a bystander. The human rights group Licadho says hundreds of workers from the SL Garment Processing (Cambodia) Ltd. Factory clashed Tuesday with about 1,000 riot police sent to block a march from the factory to the Phnom Penh residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen. (AP Photo)

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian police have so far denied responsibility for the shooting death of a street vendor near violent clashes with protesters earlier this week.

Eng Sokhom was struck in the chest by a bullet and later died at the hospital, following clashes between protesters and police on Tuesday outside the home of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“I need justice for my wife,” her husband, Nget Vorng, told VOA Khmer on Thursday.

Police have since denied media reports that they were responsible and say that they have no evidence connecting police to the shooting.

“This is an incident in which we cannot determine [the shooter], but we have set up a committee [to investigate],” Choun Narin, deputy police chief for Phnom Penh, told reporters. “I would like to ask, who clearly saw police shooting at people?”

Chan Saveth, senior investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said there is evidence police are responsible.

“If police say they’re not responsible for the shooting, what about those who were wounded by those bullets?” he asked. “Who is responsible for that? Police cannot deny their responsibility in this violent armed crackdown.”
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