Five to appear in court over Yorn Ravuth death

Five people, including two police officers, involved in the fatal shooting of a Phnom Penh-based building contractor in Prey Veng province on Saturday are to be sent to court on Wednesday.

Yorn Ravuth, 32, was shot after he was accused of stealing a car. He was driving to his hometown in the province with another man, Van Khemrin, when police intercepted him in Preah Sdech district and opened fire.

National Police chief Neth Savoeun said one of the two officers had turned himself in on Tuesday, while the other three were arrested for reporting false information to police.

“I sent them to court on charges of opening fire, leading to death. After questioning a number of people, we decided to send five people to court. The two officers who shot [Ravuth] and the other three who gave false information to police,” he said.

The trio were identified as Seng Chhin – who filed the initial complaint to police accusing Yorn Ravuth of stealing the car – and his friends Chhun Lay and Phann Sody, the car’s owner.

The National Police has confirmed that the car Ravuth was driving was in the process of being purchased.

With $3,000 left to pay, the car was rented by its owner, Sody, to an unidentified Chinese national.