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Cambodian netizens cry foul over cops feasting on 92 fighting cocks seized in raid

The Strait Times
Dec 28, 2017, 3:54 pm SGT

A court order to slaughter all 92 birds set off a flurry of criticism as netizens cried foul over the animals being given a harsher sentence than the people involved. PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Cambodian police ruffled feathers on Thursday (Dec 28) after they killed – and ate – 92 roosters that were seized earlier this month during a raid on an illegal cockfighting ring allegedly run by a relative of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The birds were rounded up by police after they shuttered the two rural cockfighting dens on Dec 4 and arrested Mr Hun Sen’s nephew-in-law Thai Phany.

Thai Phany, a Cambodian-Australian citizen, was charged with running an illegal gambling operation – a rare legal move against a member of Mr Hun Sen’s powerful family.

But while the raids were welcomed in a country teeming with official corruption, a court order to slaughter all 92 birds set off a flurry of criticism on Thursday as netizens cried foul over the animals being given a harsher sentence than the people involved.

Scores of people were initially detained in the police raid, but most have since been released after receiving light suspended sentences, according to local media.

“Warrant to kill chickens! Where are the chicken owners, aren’t they freed?” Hing Soksan wrote on Facebook, where photos of the slaughter have been circulating.

“The court’s achievement by the end of 2017: death sentence for 92 fighting cocks,” another Facebook user quipped about a justice system many decry as toothless against the graft underpinning Mr Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime.

Roeun Nara, Kandal province’s deputy police chief, confirmed that the birds were killed on Wednesday following a warrant from the provincial court.

“We gave the chickens to our forces to eat,” he told AFP, brushing off the online criticism.

The court document, seen by AFP on Thursday, said the slaughter was ordered “to prevent the offence from happening again and to speed up the investigation proceedings”.

Cambodian Social Media Erupts Over Killing of Dozens of Fighting Cocks

29 December 2017
Hul Reaksmey
VOA Khmer

FILE PHOTO – Cambodian cocks fight at Kampong Speu province’s Tuol Prik village Friday, March 31, 2006. Cambodian officials on Friday swept the village to cull poultry after tests found the virulent H5N1 virus among some of the flock. The virus killed a three-year-old toddler in the village last week. (AP photo/Heng Sinith)

The illegal gambling ring was allegedly run by a relative of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Thai Phanny.

PHNOM PENH — A court order to cull several dozen cockerels found at an illegal fighting ring in Kandal province caused an uproar on Cambodian social media after a judge ruled the animals should be put down following a police raid on the operation.

The illegal gambling ring was allegedly run by a relative of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Thai Phanny.

A video clip posted on Facebook showed police officers apparently beheading the cockerels, while an official told AFP that the authorities had later eaten them.

Preap Kol, head of an anti-corruption group Transparency International’s Cambodia operations, pointed out that while the animals were killed no action had yet been taken against the owner of the operation.

Reporters from the Phnom Penh Post uncovered a trove of documents left by police in the wake of the raid which appeared to show a wide-ranging local network of bribery involving payoffs to local officials and the media.

Soeng Senkaruna, a spokesman for local human rights group Adhoc, said the death of the cockerels had struck a nerve with Cambodians as it represented the “culture of impunity” following the news that the operators of the gambling ring had been freed from jail.

“It’s a story that has made the people speechless as they were not satisfied by the ruling, which ordered the killing of animals in a brutal manner,” he added.

Along with Phanny, the authorities detained 150 others involved in the cockfighting ring, however, dozens of those detained were later arrested when it was discovered they were construction workers.

Iv Chamroeun, Kandal provincial police chief, and Hok Vann Thina, president of Kandal Provincial Court, declined to comment on the case.

However, Roeun Nara, Chamroeun’s deputy, told the AFP news agency that the cockerels were later eaten by officials.

Hun Sen has taken a tough stance on the gambling ring, ordering police to shoot Phanny if he resisted arrest.

Phanny was given a caution and handed a court “monitoring” order, while 64 patrons of the gambling operation were given one-month suspended sentences, according to the Freshnews website.

Cambodians Angered by ‘Impunity’ of Killing Fighting Roosters

December 31, 2017 10:22 AM
Hul Reaksmey
VOA

Roosters prepare to attack each other during a cockfight. Cockfighting was outlawed in Cambodia in 2009, but police recently raided a cockfighting operation allegedly run by a relative Prime Minister Hun Sen.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — A court order to kill several dozen gamecocks found at an illegal fighting ring is causing an uproar on Cambodian social media after a judge ruled the birds should be put down but delayed punishment for the human organizers.

A video clip posted to Facebook showed police officers, following a raid on the operation, apparently beheading the fighting roosters; the birds’ blood was poured into three bowls.

Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International of Cambodia (TIC), posted on Facebook Thursday, saying, “Another historical ruling of the Cambodia’s justice system for this 2017, was the execution of 92 cocks. So far, the people, who were involved with or colluded in the operation of cockfighting game, were not tried yet. … But it’s a pity for the cocks that were sentenced to death.”

He also asked, “Where will their corpses go after execution by beheading?” An official told AFP that the authorities had later eaten them.

FILE – The old pastime of cockfighting still beguiles enthusiasts in the reliefs carved centuries ago on the walls of the Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Banned fights

Cockfighting dates back at least to the 12th century in Cambodia and is depicted in the Bayon, which was built a century after Angkor Wat. Two years after the last U.S. state, Louisiana, outlawed the practice in 2007, Cambodia banned the fights, but they continue underground.

The illegal gambling ring in Kandal province was allegedly run by a relative of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Thai Phanny. This may be why many online commentators are seeing the cockfighting incident in political terms.

Opposition party members have been under pressure since the government-engineered dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on November 16, which rendered Cambodia a de facto one-party state months ahead of the July 29 national election.

The United States last month said it would suspend its funding of the National Election Committee (NEC) and also imposed visa restrictions on officials over the dissolution of the CNRP and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, who has been charged with treason.

FILE – Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, prepares to deliver a speech during a factory visit outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 30, 2017.

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge officer who has been in power for more than three decades, dominates government administration, the military and the judiciary.

Court decision

The decision by Hok Vann Thina, president of the Kandal Provincial Court and an investigation judge, is drawing attention to the cockfighting incident. Neither he nor Iv Chamroeun, the Kandal provincial police chief, would comment on the case.

However, Chamroeun’s deputy, Roeun Nara, told the AFP news agency that officials ate the gamecocks after they were killed Wednesday.

Soeng Senkaruna, a spokesman for local human rights group Adhoc, said the death of the cockerels had struck a nerve with Cambodians as it represented a “culture of impunity,” following the news that the operators of the gambling ring had been freed from jail.

He told VOA Khmer that people are “speechless as they were not satisfied by the ruling.”

It is the “impunity, meaning that the perpetrators are out of prison while the cocks were executed,” that is upsetting, he added.

Reporters from the Phnom Penh Post uncovered a trove of documents left by police in the wake of the raid that appeared to show a wide-ranging local network of bribery involving payoffs to local officials and the media.

Along with Phanny, the authorities detained 150 others involved in the cockfighting ring, and dozens of those detained were later arrested when it was discovered they were construction workers.

Hun Sen took a tough stand on the gambling ring, ordering police to shoot Phanny if he resisted arrest.

Phanny was given a caution and handed a court “monitoring” order, while 64 patrons of the gambling operation were given one-month suspended sentences, according to the Fresh News website.

This report originated with VOA Khmer. ​

Cambodian police make a meal of roosters caught in cockfighting raid

South China Morning Post
Thomas Sturrock
29 Dec 2017

Cambodians watch a cockfight in Kandal province.
The country’s love of cockfighting goes back centuries.
Photo: AFP

Cambodian police ruffled feathers after they killed – and ate – 92 roosters that were seized last month during a raid on an illegal cockfighting ring allegedly run by a relative of premier Hun Sen. The birds were rounded up by police after they closed two cockfighting dens and arrested Hun Sen’s nephew-in-law, Thai Phany. He was charged with running an illegal gambling operation – a rare legal move against a member of Hun Sen’s family. But while the raids were welcomed in a country teeming with official corruption, a court order to slaughter all 92 birds set off a flurry of criticism on Thursday as netizens cried foul over the animals being given a harsher sentence than the people involved.

What next? Roeun Nara, Kandal province’s deputy police chief, said: “We gave the chickens to our forces to eat.” The court document said the slaughter was ordered “to prevent the offence from happening again and to speed up the investigation”.




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