|Chut Wutty director of the Natural Resource Protection Group who were one of the organizers of the training event (Photo: CCHR)|
26 April 2012
By Iet Daravuth
Voice of Democracy
Translated from Khmer by Soch
KI-Media Note: Chut Wutty received a threat from the deputy governor of Kampong Thom in March. Read the Phnom Penh Post article here.
A report has indicated that Chut Wutty, the director of the Natural Resource Protection Group, was shot and killed by an assailant in Thmor Bang district, Koh Kong province at noon time this Thursday. Chut Wutty and 2 reporters from the Cambodia Daily were investigating illegal logging in the Thmor Bang district.
Am Sam Ath, an official for the Licadho human rights organization, indicated that he aslo received the news about the murder of Chut Wutty and that he is currently looking for more information about this case.
A anonymous employee of the Cambodia Daily indicated that 2 reporters from the Cambodia Daily traveled to Thmor Bang with Chut Wutty: a foreign woman and a Cambodian reporter by the name of Bopha. The anonymous employee of the Cambodia Daily indicated that, currently, the two reporters are being kidnapped.
Nevertheless, Kevin Dole, the editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily told VOD that he also traveled to Thmor Bang district with Chut Wutty also, but he did not know about this murder case. At about 3PM, Kevin Dole claimed that he is in Thmor Bang district, but he is not with Chut Wutty.