The Ministry of Interior Refused to Allow Chea Mony to Visit the Convict Heng Pov – Friday, 24.7.2009

Posted on 24 July 2009. Filed under: Week 622 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 622

“The Prisons Department of the Ministry of Interior rejected to allow the president of the Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers, Mr. Chea Mony, to visit the former Phnom Penh police chief, convict Heng Pov.

“In a letter to the trade union on 23 July 2009, signed by he head of the Prisons Department, General Heng Hak, said that the convict Heng Pov is jailed at the Prey Sar Prison, and he is taken care of carefully by a doctor who checks his health regularly, his lawyer goes often to work and to observe him, his family frequently visit him, and he has received regular support. Therefore the Prisons Department thinks that a visit by Mr. Chea Mony to the convict Heng Pov, jailed at the Prey Sar Prison, as an humanitarian act, is not necessary.

“What is mentioned above by the head of the Prisons Department of the Ministry of Interior is in response to a request, dated 19 June 2009, to visit the convict Heng Pov by the president of the Cambodian Free Trade Union, Mr. Chea Vichea.

“While Mr. Heng Pov was the Phnom Penh police chief, he was in charge of dealing with the murder of the former president of the Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers, Mr. Chea Vichea, on 22 January 2004, whereas the perpetrators have not yet been arrested for prosecution, besides the two men: Born Samnang and Sok Sam Ouen, who had been accused as murderers and then were convicted and imprisoned. Anyway, the two men, considered by civil society, [by UN institutions,] and by Mr. Chea Vichea’s relatives [as well as by the ILO and the former King] as murderers, were released [on bail] by the Supreme Court on 31 December 2008 [but no information about the ongoing investigations is made public].

“After having been refused a permission to visit the former Phnom Penh police chief, Mr. Chea Mony, the younger brother of Mr. Chea Vichea, expressed his regret and considers it as a new form of discrimination in Khmer society.

“Mr. Chea Mony said that Mr. Heng Pov used to be the Phnom Penh police chief and used to crack down on many offenses and crimes. He has both good and bad achievements. Therefore, to visit this former police chief is just to encourage him, while he was prosecuted to serve in prison for the rest of his life for many murders.

“Asked whether his visit to the former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov was intended to ask him about the murder of Mr. Chea Vichea about 5 years ago, Mr. Chea Mony responded that first, he just wanted to visit Heng Pov with his conscience being a Khmer national, the same as he is himself. His plan was not related to the murder of Mr. Chea Vichea yet.

“It should be noted that since Heng Pov was arrested in 2007, he had been accused and convicted for many murders and kidnappings. Heng Pov is now 50 years old, and he was convicted for at least 60 years in prison. This does not include the possible future convictions for some other cases that have not yet been solved by the court.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4954, 24.7.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 24 July 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #244, 24.7.2009

  • The President of the Siamese [Thai] Parliament Wants to Reduce Tensions, but He Did Not Talk about the Withdrawal of Troops [during his visit to Phnom Penh]
  • Two More Cases of A/H1N1 Were Confirmed in Cambodia [the number has increased to sixteen]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2004, 24.7.2009

  • The Case 001 [the trial of the former Tuol Sleng Prison chief Duch] Has already Attracted 12,000 Visitors in the Public Audience [according to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal]
  • The [Danish organization] Human House Helps to Construct [more than 500] Houses for People to Relocate from the Meanchey Garbage Dump to a New Location in Udong [in 2011, this organization will build houses for 6,000 more families]
  • The Son of a Major Failed in Snapping a Diamond Necklace and Was Hit Unconscious by a Crowd of People [Phnom Penh]
  • Twenty People Died of the H1N1 Flu in Thailand within Seven Days

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #453, 24.7.2009

  • Human Rights Watch Accuses Hun Sen of Trying to Interfere with the Khmer Rouge Tribunal [because he recently told the French President that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal should not accuse more former Khmer Rouge leaders – thus affecting the separation of the executive and of the juridical powers]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6710, 24.7.2009

  • The President of the National Assembly [Mr. Heng Samrin] Asked Thailand to Withdraw Troops from Cambodian Territory to Restore the Situation Like It Was before 15 July 2008

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4954, 24.7.2009

  • Samdech Dekchor Warned the President of the Thai Parliament that the Border Dispute Could Affect the US$1.7 Billion Trade [between Thailand and Cambodia – the figure is from 2008]
  • Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh Will Create a Social Foundation
  • The Sam Rainsy Party Will Light Candles in Front of the Court, and Agreed to Pay the Fine for Ms. Mu Sochua [in the defamation case where she is accused by Prime Minister Hun Sen – if she is convicted to pay a fine]
  • Only Seven Hectares of Forest Are Defined for an Ethnic Minority Tribespeople Commune for Conservation and for a Graveyard
  • The Ministry of Interior Refused to Allow Chea Mony to Visit the Convict Heng Pov

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