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Preah Vihear Police Deny Killing Man

Preah Vihear authorities have not detained anyone in the shooting death of one man over New Year, a police chief said Friday.

Preah Vihear Police Chief Mao Pov said none of his officers were responsible for the death of Din Bros, 20, who was shot while riding a motorcycle in Tbeng Meanchey district April 11.

Din Bros was a member of a group of gangsters, Mao Pov added.

Investigators for the rights group Adhoc have said they suspect one of three policemen in the district shot Din Bros.

Mao Pov declined to say whether anyone had been jailed over the murder.

“The police did not go anywhere,” he said. “The operations of the police are to safeguard and provide security during Khmer New Year. We did not affect the life of any people.”

He declined further comment.

Adhoc provincial coordinator Hor Neath maintained his claim Friday, that Tbeng Meanchey district police shot Din Bros.

“This is only the denial [of the police]. We have a confidential source” in the case, he said.

Adhoc will send an intervention letter to the court next week calling for an investigation, he said.

Y Hean, a neighbor of Din Bros, said the driver of the motorcycle claimed police did the shooting.

Neither the driver nor members of Din Bros’ family could be reached for comment.