Editor-in-chief of Prey Nokor News threatened and harassed by the Cambodian authority and the Viet embassy in Phnom Penh

31 August 2010


Translated from Khmer by Soy l KI-Media

Thursday, September 02, 2010

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A letter sent over by Venerable Thach Preichea Koeun, the Editor-in-chief of the Prey Nokor news, that the Voice of Kampuchea Krom (VOKK) Radio received today, indicated that the Cambodian authority threatened him by accusing him of involvement with the Prey Nokor newspaper.

The report indicated that on 05 April 2010, a group of cops, officials from the ministry of Cult and Religion, the city hall, as well as cops from Phnom Penh city’s Daun Penh district, came to surround monk housing No. 17 located at Wat Botumvatey Pagoda, the residence of Ven. Thach Preichea Koeun, with the intention of arresting him. However, Ven. Thach Preichea Koeun fled his residence on time as he did not feel safe there.

He then went to stay at Wat Ang Pothinhean Pagoda at the outskirt of Phnom Penh city until this past 26 August. Then, he met with the same problem again when a group of cops and officials from the ministry of Cult and Religion came to threaten him for the second time. Due to lack of security and his fear of being arrested by the Cambodian authority, on 27 August, he fled to live at Wat Ang Taminh Pagoda, located in Dangkao district, Phnom Penh city. As soon as he arrived at Wat Ang Taminh, cops from the ministry of Interior and officials from the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh, as well as Vietnamese cops from Hanoi called to force the abbot of Wat Ang Taminh Pagoda to refuse to provide refuge for Ven. Thach Preichea Koeun.

Up to now, Ven. Thach Preichea Koeun is still staying at Wat Ang Taminh Pagoda, but cops from the ministry of Interior ordered the abbot of the pagoda to confiscate his ID card and his passport on 29 August.

In his letter, Ven. Thack Preichea Koeun, the Editor-in-chief of the Prey Nokor News, called on the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation (KKF), on the various local and international human rights organizations to help intervene in his case and to help provide safety for him as well.


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