Archive for May 18th, 2008

Saturday, 17.5.2008: Ms. Mu Sochua Considers Acid Attacks to Be Crimes That Cannot Be Condoned; There Is a Rumor Saying that Brigadier General Chea Ratha Has Been Removed from Her Position to Open an Inquest

Posted on 18 May 2008. Filed under: Week 560 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 560

“With no law to define specifically the penalty for acid attacks, several officials said more or less the same, ‘There will be a trial of this case of an acid attack, based the the obvious damage which has been inflicted on the victim’s appearance.’

“However, the deputy secretary-general of the Sam Rainsy Party and former Minister of Women’s Affairs Ms. Mu Sochua said, ‘Acid attacks, which often target women, should be considered a crime which is heavier than just bodily injury.’

“This statement was made after there was an acid attack against Ms. In Soklida’s aunt, Ms. Ya Soknim, after there had been threats by phone from a deputy staff officer of the National Military Police, Ms. Chea Ratha, and after the arrest of the suspect Ea Puthy, accused to have used a weapon illegally.

“According to Ms. In Soklida’s statement from a hiding place in an interview with Radio Free Asia, she said clearly, ‘When living with Brigadier General Ms. Chea Ratha I felt scared already as if I was like a dead person, though I was alive.’

“Ms. In Soklida said, ‘The period that I had relations with Ms. Chea Ratha was since she was deputy head of the Phnom Penh police. Now she is in the Military Police under the command of [National Military Police commander] Sao Sokha.’

“Ms. In Soklida continued between sobs, ‘She has gone into hiding for five weeks, but few days ago, I saw the information in a newspaper, publishing the acid attack on my aunt, which causes me real pain.’

“Moreover, Ms. In Soklida said, ‘I know that they are searching for me at all my relatives’ houses. Furthermore, they threatened and insulted my relatives in many ways, though the relatives don’t know anything about me; but they accuse my relatives that they hide me.’

“What Ms. In Soklida said shows the way for the authorities at all levels to find the criminals who conducted an acid attack on Ms. Ya Soknim at 10:10 a.m. of 8 May 2008 in front of the RAC [?] clinic.

“Additionally, Ms. Ya Siyet, Ms. In Soklida’s mother, told journalists about this bad episode, ‘At the end of 2006, Ms. Chea Ratha started loving my daughter and took my daughter to live with her.’

“Then, when Ms. In Soklida hid herself from the hands of Ms. Chea Ratha, Ms. Ya Siyet said, ‘Ms. Chea Ratha was very angry and she accused In Soklida’s aunt – Ms. Ya Soknim who was attacked by acid – that she was the person who hides In Soklida.’

“Ms. Ya Siyet added that before the acid attack on the victim Ya Soknim, Ms. Chea Ratha and her followers had checked the victim’s house to find In Soklida, but they did not see her. At that time, Ms. Chea Ratha made a phone call to threaten the victim to return In Soklida to her, otherwise the whole family would not be able to live happily.

“Ms. Ya Siyet claimed that because Ms. Chea Ratha had threatened her younger sister very often, the victim decided to record Ms. Chea Ratha’s voice as evidence.

“It should be noted that on Wednesday, an arrest warrant for four suspects – who are all related to the acid attack on the victim Ya Soknim who is now being operated in Yuon [Vietnam] – was issued.

“[The director general of the National Police] Mr. Hok Lundy stated cautiously that he did not want to give detailed information to journalists, but he said that now, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued a warrant to arrest three or four suspects.

“Regarding this shocking case, [the Sam Rainsy Party deputy secretary-general and] the former Minister of Women’s Affairs Ms. Mu Sochua said on Wednesday, ‘Acid attacks which often target women should be considered to be a crime that is heavier than just bodily injury.’

“She stressed, ‘The victim can be considered to belong to a special group, similar to rape victims. And the crime is heavier than stabbing a person with a knife, because it leaves scars on the body, hurts the feeling, and creates mental problems.

“The Deputy Secretary-General also reminded the public that when she was Minister of Women’s Affairs in 2002, she had tried to create a law on domestic violence, which would have threatened ten years imprisonment for those who commit an acid attack.

“Separately, it is said that finally the deputy staff officer of the National Military Police, Ms. Chea Ratha, has been removed from her position; this shows the beginning of an inquest into the case of the acid attack on Ms. Ya Soknim.

“If this information is correct, we hope that the person who is behind the attack and the actual perpetrators will not be able to escape from the net of the law. However, we would like that the law will put serious penalties on those criminals, because, as Ms. Mu Sochua has already said, ‘An acid attack is more serious than stabbing a person with a knife, since it leaves scars on the body, it hurts the feeling, and it creates mental problems for the victims.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #156, 17.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 17 May 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1643, 17.5.2008

  • More Than One Million Thumbprints against Corruption Were Presented to the National Assembly; [Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers president] Chea Mony and [Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association president] Rong Chhun Claimed that the National Assembly Did Not Accept Them [the thumbprints were rejected by the first committee chairperson of the National Assembly and the Cambodian People’s Party parliamentarian Ms. Khuon Sodary]
  • The Association for Democracy Was Not Successfully to Hold a Demonstration in Poipet [prevented by police, claiming they had not asked for permission, so it would interfere with public order and social security]
  • Chief Drug Trafficker and Producer Importing form Laos [Chen Yon On – Owner of Sok San Hotel, Stung Treng] Put in Jail at Prey Sar Prison [by a warrant on 16 May 2008]
  • Lutheran World Federation [LWF] Spent Approximately US$34 Million on Rural Development in Cambodia [from 1997 to 2007]
  • The Chinese Government Said that the Number of Deaths from the Earthquake Goes up to More Than 50,000

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #156, 17.5.2008

  • Ms. Mu Sochua Considers Acid Attacks to Be Crimes That Cannot Be Condoned; There Is a Rumor Saying that Brigadier General Chea Ratha Has Been Removed from Her Position to Open an Inquest
  • [Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association president] Rong Chhun Called on Citizens Not to Vote for the Cambodian People’s Party Which Does Not Serve the People
  • International Buddhist Visakh Bochea Day [17 May 2008] Is in Hanoi a Mockery to Buddhism [because the communist government of Vietnam has suppressed Khmer Kampuchea Krom monks]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #20, 17-20.5.2008

  • [More than 10] Thai Black Clad Soldiers [special border protection unit] Threatened Khmer Citizens at Sragam [phonetic] Border Crossing [and destroyed household equipment – Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey]
  • Number of Deaths from the Tropical Cyclone in Burma Increases to 43,318

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6347, 17-18.5.2008

  • [Dr. Chakravarthi Rangarajan, chairperson of the Independent Commission on AIDS in Asia and Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of India]: Cambodia Is a Model Country Which Successfully Prevents AIDS Infections [in a report “Redefining AIDS in Asia – Crafting an effective response” presented to the UN]

Meatophum, Vol.52, #668, 16-24.5.2008

  • Khmer and Thai Journalists Promote Relations to Exchange Information at the Borders

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3462, 17-18.5.2008

  • [Sam Rainsy Party vice-president] Kong Korm: Current Power Holders in Cambodia Are Those Who Serve the Benefits of Vietnam
  • The World Bank Aid for Developing Cambodia in 2008 Could Be Strongly Disturbed by Corruption [according to some civil society officials]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4591, 17.5.2008

  • Japan Provided Grant Aid of Yen 1,392 Million [approx. US$13,330,000 ] for the Implementation of Two Projects in Cambodia [in which Yen 1,039 mio – approx. US$9,950,000 – is for the repair of a Kompong Cham Hospital and Yen 353 mio – approx. US$3,380,000 – is for human resources development scholarships]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3311, 17.5.2008

  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Ambassador Has Not Responded to Request by Kampuchea Krom Khmer Organization to See Tim Sakhan [who has been defrocked on accusation of having perpetrated an offense against the Buddhist law, because he is accused to have destroyed the harmony between Vietnam and Cambodia, now jailed in Vietnam]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: How to enhance the trust in the rule of law

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