Officers held over death in custody

Twelve Military Police officers were detained in Kampong Thom province, pending further investigations into the death of a man during an operation against an online cockfighting ring in Baray district.

As of Wednesday, no further action had been taken against the 12 officers.

According to National Military Police spokesperson Eng Hy, on Sunday, four suspects involved in online cockfighting gambling were arrested, including the deceased man identified as Suong Doan.

While the four were en route to the Military Police base, Doan became short of breath and complained that he was feeling unwell. Officers then performed a cardiopulmonary resuscitation test, but Doan was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

On Tuesday, National Military Police commander General Sao Sokha ordered the arrest of the officers allegedly involved in Doan’s death.

“If it is determined that the man’s death was the result of brutality by Military Police officers, all of those involved will face the law without exception,” he added.

“We cannot allow any members of law enforcement to think that they are above the law.” — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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