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Hun Sen Bodyguards Questioned Over Koh Kong Assault

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, and his wife Bun Rany alights from a plane as they arrive at the Ngurah Rai airport in Bali, Indonesia, file photo.

Koh Kong provincial court on Tuesday began questioning three senior bodyguards to Prime Minister Hun Sen who are accused of handcuffing and severely beating four men in a Koh Kong hotel.

Bun Sokha, 38, the deputy chief of staff of Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit, was arrested Sunday alongside two other men, Som Veansna, 37, and Meng Chheang, 21, after an altercation at the hotel that led to the alleged assault of two civilians, a hotel security guard and a military policeman.

Police said the assault occurred when one of the purported victims, Sieng Thairath, 32, and a security guard attempted to retrieve a necklace from the room he had vacated at Koh Kong City Hotel, which was by then occupied by the wife of Bun Sokha.

Denied admittance, Sieng Thairath began knocking on the door. Bun Sokha’s wife then called her husband, who appeared with the other bodyguards and allegedly handcuffed the two men, then detained two more men when they tried to help.

Lay Menglaing, minor crimes chief for the province, said the bodyguards remain in custody and will be questioned again Wednesday.