Court summons major over gunpoint threats

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An arrest warrant was obtained by the Post on Sunday.

Kampong Cham provincial court prosecutor Hak Horn on Sunday issued a warrant summoning San Sokhom, a provincial Military Police major, for questioning over an intentional act of violence and making death threats at gunpoint.

San Sokhom is the son of Kratie provincial Military Police commander San Bun Than,

Prosecutor Huot Vuthy told The Post an arrest warrant would follow if Sakhom failed to appear in court on Tuesday. Vuthy identified the plaintiffs as Van Chan Atith Panha, 25, and Ye Chanda, 28. Both worked at an online gambling parlour in Kampong Cham town.

“The court summoned him after receiving a complaint,” he said.

The plaintiffs alleged in their complaint that 30-year-old Sokhom, who lived in Kampong Cham City’s Veal Vong commune, beat them up without any apparent reason on the night of March 18.

The complainants claimed that while they were playing an online game with six other people at the parlour in the commune at around 11:45pm, Sakhom arrived with two unidentified accomplices and forced two of them at gunpoint into his Toyota Land Cruiser SUV bearing a Military Police licence plate.

When the pair got out of the SUV, the complaint said, Sokhom followed and slapped them four times on the face and again pointed a Glock handgun at them.

Kratie provincial Military Police commander Bun Than, the father of Sokhom, declined to comment on Sunday. But he told Fresh News that the dispute was started by Sokhom’s younger brother, San Sokvichea, a regular patron at the parlour.

Than said Sokvichea, who he said was addicted to gambling, pawned his necklace and motorcycle after losing a lot of money. Then he sent Sokhom to find Sokvichea and the pawnshop where he pawned his motorbike.

When Sokhom arrived at the parlour, he asked the duo about the pawnshop and allegedly started the assault when they claimed to know nothing about it.

Chanda told The Post on Sunday that he and his other friends were not close with Sokvichea. He said he knew Sokhom for nearly a year and never had any disputes with him.

National Military Police spokesperson Eng Hy told The Post that the authorities would let legal proceeding take its course.

“The court persecutor would take action and we will follow [the court’s decision] because this is a criminal case.”