By Kher Sonorng
Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Soch
Chut Wutty, the director of the Natural Resource Protection Group, and a military police officer were murdered on 26 April 2012 near an area slated for the construction of Chinese dam in Thmor Bang district, Koh Kong province.
Government officials have not provide the motive of the murder yet. However, unofficial source indicated that the murder was due illegal logging in Thmor Bang district.
Thong Narong, the commander of the Koh Kong province military police unit, said that his working group is investigating this case and he added that two people were slain. One of them is forest protection activist and the other a military police officer. He said that his working group is looking for identification of the two victims.
Unofficial source from Koh Kong confirmed that Chut Wutty and the military police office were shot and killed and two reporters from the Cambodia Daily disappeared from the incident location.
Human rights officials indicated that an ambulance is currently fetching the body of the victims.
A source close to Chut Wutty claimed that one day prior to the shooting, Chut Wutty told him that a mishap awaits him.
Chut Wutty is forest protection activist and he also participated in protest and conducted campaigns to protect forests and lands belonging to the people living in Prey Lang forest located in the provinces of Kampong Thom. Kratie, Preah Vihear and Koh Kong.
Additional information are forthcoming…