Lao Mong Hay Says Hok Lundy Was Involved in Many Cases of Killing People, and His Death Has Brought Relief to Many – Friday, 21.11.2008

Posted on 22 November 2008. Filed under: Week 587 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 587

“A senior researcher at the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, Dr. Lao Mong Hay, said that the death of Mr. Hok Lundy, the Director General of the National Police, in a helicopter crash on 9 November 2008, has brought relief to many people, and he added that Mr. Hok Lundy was involved in many cases of killing people.

Khmer Machas Srok translated a two pages English statement of Mr. Lao Mong Hay on 19 November 2008 as follow:


Dr. Lao Mong Hay’s original article under the title “Cambodia Needs a Neutral Police Force” was brought to its Khmer language readers by Khmer Machas Srok. In order to “mirror” this article, we did not translate the Khmer translation again back into English, but we rather link to the original UPI Asia publication: click here and you will see the original article.

This is then followed by the final paragraph from the Khmer Machas Srok publication, as usual.

“Nevertheless, Dr. Lao Mong Hay’s statement focused on the feeling of Khmer citizens about the death of Mr. Hok Lundy and it talked about the involvement of Mr. Hok Lundy in many cases of killing people, when he was still alive.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #287, 21.11.2008

Final Note:

The following four paragraphs of the original article were not included in the Khmer language report by Khmer Machas Srok:

“Commenting on Hok Lundy’s death, Cheam Yeap, a senior party official and parliamentarian, said, ‘The CPP and all Cambodians have suffered a huge loss.’


“By law, the Cambodian police should treat all persons equally. Citizens are entitled to protection without discrimination, as called for in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Cambodia has explicitly agreed. The police need to be impartial and respect the rights of all individuals, regardless of their origin, social status or political, religious or philosophical convictions.

“This will require the Cambodian police to be politically independent and neutral, without affiliation to any political party. The national police commissioner should be placed directly under the authority of the minister of the interior, as he is supposed to be, and not under the prime minister. The police should be answerable to Parliament, through the minister of the interior and the prime minister.

“Good conduct, political independence and neutrality of the police, as well as accountability to the Ministry of the Interior, should be explicitly incorporated into the police law that is currently being drafted. The same law should have penalties for any misconduct or breach of political independence and neutrality, and also create an independent institution to deal with complaints from the public against the police.”

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 21 November 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1800, 21.11.2008

  • [Minister of Foreign Affairs] Hor Namhong: Siam [Thailand] Should Conduct Studies Well before Reacting over the Preah Vihear Problem [Thailand had reacted to the Kathen procession – a Buddhist ceremony – to the Keo Sekha Kiri Svarak pagoda, and to the erecting of world heritage flags at the Preah Vihear temple area, claiming that these were violations of Thai territory]
  • The Royal Government Denies Information That Students Are Forced to Become Soldiers for Frontline Fighting [Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the implementation of the military conscription law is not necessary, and at present the government is lacking money anyway]
  • Just because of a Traffic Jam, a Bodyguard Pulled Out a Gun and Shot into the Air so that Others Should Open the Ways [for his car to go ahead – Boeung Keng Kang I, Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]
  • Al-Qaida Warns to Hurt Obama [after the US president elect Obama had stated on Sunday that to arrest or to kill Osama bin Laden is important for the security of the USA]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #287, 21.11.2008

  • Lao Mong Hay Says Hok Lundy Was Involved in Many Cases of Killing People, and His Death Has Brought Relief to Many
  • Does the Minister of Justice Take Action Responding to a Letter from the King [sent on 8 November 2008 – related to the supposedly unjust detention of Ms. Chhon Chansophal, the editor-in-chief of Eysan, because she was accused of disturbing police activities, as she took photos of activities of the police, checking many citizens’ houses in Achar Leak village and commune, Stung Saen, Kompong Thom]?

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #144, 21.11.2008

  • The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO – Asks the Ministry of Defense to Order Soldiers Not Get Involved in Evicting Citizens [the houses of about 300 families in Anlong Krom village, Chhuk, Kampot, were burnt by soldiers to evict the people]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6505, 12.11.2008

  • An Official Letter from the Thai Embassy in Cambodia Responds to the Accusation That Thai Soldiers Killed Khmer Workers [on 10 November 2008, Thai police saw three suspects and called them to stop, but the group fired an AK 47, in this fight, two Cambodian suspects were killed. At the site drugs and an AK 47 etc. were found, which the Thai authorities keep as evidence, and they are contacting the Cambodian authorities]
  • All Salaries of Workers per Year Amount to Approximately US$400 Million; the Garment Sector Plays an Important Role in Developing the Economy and in Alleviating Poverty [according to the Ministry of Commerce]
  • Grenade Attack on Yellow Shirt Groups [anti-government demonstrator] Kills 1 and Wounds 22 in Bangkok

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, # 3619, 21.11.2008

  • In 2008 Income from Casinos Was US$20 Million [compared to US$12 million in 2005, US$16 million in 2006, and US$18 million in 2007 – according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance]; Many Khmer Citizens Are Affected by Gambling Sites Growing Like Mushrooms in Cambodia
  • Some Reshuffles of Police Officials after Net Savoeun Becomes Director General of the National Police [Battambang Police Chief Kang Sakhan is assigned as deputy director general of the National Police, and Lieutenant General Chan Ien is assigned as director in charge of public affairs of the Ministry of Interior]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4748, 21.11.2008

  • The National Assembly Requests the Government to Check to Reduce Unimportant Expenses and to Increase the Budget for the Military Sector [for 2009]
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross Encourages Cambodia to Improve the Difficult Situation of Prisoners and of Prisons
  • The European Union Promises to Provide Technical Aid to Cambodia and to Siam [Thailand] for Clearing Mines
  • The Number of Registered Motorbikes Is Nearly 1,000,000, but There Are Only More Than 10,000 Drivers Who Have Licenses
  • Negotiations Going on with [Somali] Pirates to Release a Hijacked Large Saudi Arabian Oil Tanker

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3442, 21.11.2008

  • The Prime Minister [Hun Sen]: Cambodia Will Not Start War with Thailand over Border Disputes [he said, ‘We have no intention to continue war and we need peace only, but please do not come again. What we want is peace not war.’]

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