CNRP Lawyer Argues For Attempted Murder

A lawyer for CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea, who were severely beaten on October 26 in front of the National Assembly, filed a new complaint with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday asking that those arrested for the crime be charged with attempted murder.

Three soldiers were arrested over the violent attack, which included chest-stomping and kicks to the face, and charged with intentional violence.

“We put in another complaint after we studied the facts of the beating,” said the lawyer, Sam Sakong.

“The court charged them with the minor crime of violence under aggravating circumstances, but in fact it was not only violence—they had the intent to kill.”

The lawyer said that the complaint also asks the court to investigate who ordered the attack, and to charge those people with attempted murder as well.

“Those three were not the masterminds of the beating,” Mr. Sakong said.

“We want the court to arrest the masterminds and the other accomplices.”

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering the beatings, but Mr. Hun Sen has denied the claims.

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