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A Wealthy Man Abducted By Masked Men

Armed authorities are being deployed in a mountainous area in Koas Kralor, Battambang province, searching for an Oknha, a wealthy merchant being abducted by a group of masked men. It is not known whether the kidnapping is a case of ransom or grudges.

Forty seven-year old San Chorn was kidnapped by 7 men from his cattle farm Monday, say military police officers and Battambang authorities.

Battambang military police commander Poa Vannak says that he is not sure about the nature of the kidnapping, and that his unit is investigating.

Latest information says that the abductors demand $300,000 but authorities do not want to comment for the victim's safety.

In another development, prison security guards disperse local NGOs members gathering in front of PJ prison, when those people set free some birds Tuesday, to mark the first anniversary trial of two men who are being detained . They are asking authorities to free Mr. Sok Sam Oeun, and Mr. Born Samnang, wrongfully accused of killing labor union leader Chea Vichea in 2004.

President of Cambodian Independent Teachers' Association Rong Chhun says that former Phnom Penh police commissioner Heng Pov was in charge of Mr. Chea Vichea's case. Heng Pov is being searched for crime involvements.

In another development, Pursat provincial police officials found about 50 leaflets Monday night criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen for the death of former Khmer Rouge commander Ta Mok, for having plans to make the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime unimportant, and do away with the remaining living former Khmer Rouge leaders.

In another development, Cambodia joins the world in breast feeding day August 1-7. In Cambodia 1 child in 12 children dies before he/she reaches his or her 5th birthday.