Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Soy
2 workers among the three injured from the shooting during the protest at the Kaoway factory in Bavet city, Svay Rieng province, have sued Chhouk Bandit, the former city mayor. The lawsuit was filed at the Svay Rieng provincial court.
Families of the 2 injured workers filed their complaint to the provincial tribunal of first instance on 13 March. The workers accused Chhouk Bandit of murder attempt and they demanded for compensation, as well as hospital bills reimbursement.
Bun Sina, the other brother of Bun Chenda who was shot in her chest, indicated that, in their lawsuit, his family demand for $50,000 in compensation and they also demand for hospital bills reimbursement.
The family of Nuth Sokhorn indicated that they demand $45,000 in compensation.
Regarding these lawsuits, the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) is providing 2 lawyers to defend the workers in their lawsuits.
A CLEC employee claimed that, last week, officials from the city of Bavet offered between $1,000 and $2,500 to the workers in exchange for their dropping of the lawsuits. Because of this offer, one of the three workers shot decided not to sue.
Lawyer Sok Sam Oeun, the executive director of the Cambodian Defenders Project, indicated that, even if there is no lawsuit from the victims, the culprit must still face the law. He added that in the new criminal law, murder attempt carries the same sentence as murder.
Moeun Tola, a CLEC director, said that delay in the arrest of the shooter is creating an atmosphere of concerns over impunity. Moeun Tola said that the murder case of several union lawyers went unsolved.
Three workers at the Kaoway factory were shot by an unknown man during their protest on 20 February 2012 to demand for salary bonus and food stipend. Bun Chenda was seriously injured by the shooting: a bullet pierced her left chest and exited under her left armpit. Kao Ny was injured on her right arm and Nut Sokhorn was injured on her hand and back.
On 05 March, the Cambodian government issued a sub-decree to remove Chhouk Bandit from his position. The Svay Rieng provincial court also summoned him to clarify the court on 16 March. The court summons came after Sar Kheng, the minister of Interior, announced that Chhouk Bandit was the suspect in the shooting.