Saturday, 27.10.2007: Khieu Kanharith Asks Media to Publish the Names of the Parents of Gang Members Clearly

Posted on 28 October 2007. Filed under: Week 531 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 531

“A few hours after the publication by local newspapers that the authorities had arrested a navy general’s son without mentioning the names clearly yesterday morning, Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the Minister of Information and the government’s spokesperson, asked all media agencies to publish the names of the parents of culprits clearly so that it is easy for higher level authorities to take action. This wide permission was announced by the Ministry of Information after many newspapers had not dared to publish the names of culprits who are children of high ranking officials or bodyguards of high ranking officials, by just saying that they are the children of Ta Ta [grandfathers – this refers to high ranking officials]] or the bodyguards of powerful people.

“In the evening of 24 October 2007, the authorities of Daun Penh and Khan Chamkar Mon districts cooperated with municipal authorities and the Ministry of Interior and arrested a chief of a gang, known as Ung Vanna, son of Admiral Ung Samkhan, the chief of the Cambodian Navy, on the accusation of car-racing in the city, and making a threat against Mr. Soy Sopheap, a Cambodian Television Network reporter.

“Local newspapers published the culprit’s name, but they did not dare to publish the name of his father clearly – they just said that he is the son of a fleet admiral. The request of Mr. Khieu Kanharith is for the names of many other generals, who educate and advice their children well not to commit offensives, like playing chicken race on motorcycles or in cars in the city, causing disorder.

“A source said that yesterday Prime Minister Hun Sen also asked the media to publish the names of the parents of culprits, and he said that if the parents are generals, police, or military officials, their stars or ranks have to be removed from their shoulders; and if the parents are civil servants, they have to be removed from their positions. However, concerning this case where the authorities arrested the chief of a car-racing group, Ung Vanna, it is not known whether Mr. Hun Sen has taken any action towards Mr. Ung Samkhan, who is Ung Vanna’s father.

“Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] officials said that Mr. Ung Samkhan is a fleet admiral who is the target of Prime Minister Hun Sen to be demoted; he belongs to the CPP faction loyal to the CPP president Mr. Chea Sim. Therefore it is difficult for Mr. Ung Samkhan to escape from being demoted, and the authorities may pursue and arrest the culprit Ung Vanna to put him in jail again.

“The authorities stopped Ung Vanna’s white Chrysler car next to Mr. Hun Sen’s village near the Independence Monument; this car costs approximately $100,000, equipped with laser beams and a siren, and it has loudspeakers and many other devices. A day before being arrested, the culprit drove his car back and forth in front of the Deum Ampil office near the old National Assembly building by using a microphone to shout, ‘You Soy Sopheap, don’t think you are too strong!…’, after Mr. Soy Sopheap had reported the disorder caused by young people who race cars and ‘fly’ their motorcycles in the city.

“A few hours before being arrested, bad Ung Vanna and his gang members, who have two modern cars, and one is also known as the son of a famous money-exchange businessman living near the Neang Konghing Roundabout, drove their cars back and forth in front of the Deum Ampil office. Then, the authorities deployed forces and seized Ung Vanna’s car, but his gang members who have cars escaped.

“A source from the Ministry of Defense said that Mr. Ung Samkhan is a gentle navy general who is not as rude as his son. This scandal gives Mr. Tea Vinh, the vice admiral, a chance, as he wants Mr. Ung Samkhan’s position. However, if the head of the government does not take action, Mr. Ung Samkhan may avoid that his stars [rank] will be removed and he will be suspended; but then, the children of other high ranking officials who used to conduct misdeeds will not respect the laws.

“It should be remembered that this is the first time that Mr. Hun Sen and Mr. Khieu Kanharith asked the Ministry of Information to instruct the media to publish the names of the parents of culprits clearly –not to just say that they are children or nephews or bodyguards of a certain Ta Ta or of a general, avoiding to damag the names of good officials.

“In September 2007, two groups of gunmen had a gunfight in Phnom Penh, killing one from each side. The gunfight conflict led to chasing each other in Phnom Penh, initiated by one side to which the son of an advisor of Prime Minister Hun Sen belongs, and on the other side was a grandson of Madame Hun Sen.

“A Phnom Penh Municipal military police official said that Lieutenant Colonel Reth Nika, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Military Police, 27, who is a son of Mr. Seng Tieng, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s special assistant, was killed with five bullets by Mr. Roth Chansonody, a colonel from the Ministry of Interior. Mr. Roth Chansonody is a son of Mr. Kov Samuth, a grandson of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife Madame Bun Rany, who was shot dead by Mr. Reth Nika’ side.

“This horrible event happed on Street 178, north of Wat Phnom around Wat Sara Voan Decho, Chey Chumneah Subdistrict, Daun Penh District, Phnom Penh; that act of driving cars to chase each other and to fire at each other was similar to a Hollywood movie, frightening the onlookers.

“Witnesses said that approximately ten bullets were fired at each other by both sides at about 6 p.m. on 9 September 2007, when Mr. Reth Nika tried to run away from a black modern Mercedes car, while it was in a traffic jam at the place of this event. The witnesses continued to say that two of the seven culprits, carrying guns, got out of a Pajero car which hit the Mercedes from behind, then chased and fired at Mr. Reth Nika who tried to escape into the pagoda, with five bullets hitting him in his head, his right hand, and both legs.

“A source quoting a doctor at Calmette Hospital said that Mr. Roth Chansonody told the doctor before his death that the gunfight was not caused by a traffic accident, but by a dispute over girls.

“After the gunfight had led to deaths on both sides, the authorities arrested the perpetrators, some of whom are Mr. Hun Sen’s bodyguards, but the authorities did not dare to say that they are Hun Sen’s bodyguards. Therefore, in order to respect Mr. Hun Sen’s new order, the authorities should write reports on gang members, who are children of high ranking officials, okhnas, and also especially Mr. Hun Sen’s nephews or other relatives, who have fired guns illegally in the city, killing innocent people since a few years, for example Mr. Hun Sen’s nephew who shot coconut and fried noodle sellers near the Olympic Stadium a few years ago.” Sralanh Khmer, Vol. 3, #536, 27.10.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 27 October 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2725, 27.10.2007

  • Prime Minister Asks for Straight Publication of Names of Gang Members’ Parents; Parents Who Dare to Protect Their Children Will Lose of Ranks and Positions
  • [Phnom Penh Municipal] Court Decides to Detain Two Military Colonels [Vin Dy and Pech Samath], Accused of Involvement in Illegal Logging in Stung Treng

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1477, 27.10.2007

  • A Meaningless Letter, That Sam Rainsy Sent to Samdech Krom Preah [Sam Rainsy said he would submit to the Sam Rainsy Party leadership Prince Ranariddh’s proposal for amendment of the Constitution articles on the creation of a new government after elections]
  • 400 Hectares of Forest Land Destroyed by a Region 2 Solider [Sarith – to claim land – Siem Bouk, Stung Treng]
  • Thailand Buys 220 Megawatts of Electricity from Laos

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6177, 27-28.10.2007

  • Former [Philippine] President [Joseph Estrada] Gets Pardon
  • Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi Meets a Representative of the Military Regime

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3296, 27-28.10.2007

  • China Provides Nine Patrol Boats to Cambodian Navy
  • Incompetent and Corrupt Leaders Cause Citizens’ Joblessness

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4421, 27.10.2007

  • Assessed Budget for 2008 Election Is More than US$16 Million
  • There Has Not Yet Been a Warrant Issued for the Arrest of a Man Who Killed His [divorced] Wife [on 19 October 2007 – Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]
  • Children and Relatives [of Heng Pov, former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner, now in jail] Are Allowed to Visit Heng Pov
  • US Consulate [in Cambodia] Will Hold Press Conference [on 30 October] on US Visa Lottery Program

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3170, 27.10.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh Stated that Khmer People Are Strongly Concerned about Territory and Yuon [Vietnamese] Immigrants

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #5, .10.2007

  • Khieu Kanharith Asks Media to Publish the Names of the Parents of Gang Members Clearly
  • Kong Korm [Vice-President of the Sam Rainsy Party] Asks French Senator [Christian Poncelet ] to Check and Solve the Issue of Kampuchea Krom Khmer Land and Citizens
  • Our Country Has Not Yet Had Democratic Leaders but Only Dictators

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