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Senior Cambodian Judge Shot Dead in Capital

A senior Cambodian judge was shot dead in broad daylight on Wednesday, witnesses said, prompting fears of a fresh wave of violence in the run-up to the troubled Southeast Asian country’s general elections in July. Phnom Penh Court judge Sok Sethamony was shot four times in the torso and arm by a gunman riding on the back of a motorbike, according to local police official Kuy Phally who saw the shooting. He died shortly afterwards in hospital. The motive for the killing remained unclear although Sok Sethamony, who was known to have links to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), was due to have been the judge at the trial of those arrested over January’s anti-Thai riots. He also presided over the trial of a group of anti-government guerrillas called the Cambodian Freedom Fighters who launched an attempted coup in November 2000. Full Story

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