PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Three suspected illegal timber traders were charged on Tuesday over the murder of a Cambodian journalist investigating illegal logging, a prosecutor said.
Taing Try, 48, was shot dead early on Sunday, according to police in the northeastern province of Kratie.
He is the second journalist probing Cambodia’s lucrative trade in illegal timber to be killed in two years.
A former soldier, a policeman and a military police officer – all suspected log traders – were arrested several hours later.
The 32-year-old ex-soldier was charged with murder, Thuch Panchak Santepheap, deputy prosecutor at Kratie provincial court, told AFP.
He said the military police officer was charged as an accomplice because his gun was used to kill the journalist, while the third man was charged for not filing a murder complaint.
Taing Try was killed while he and several other reporters were investigating illegal logging – which is widespread in the impoverished nation.
The Khmer Journalists for Democracy Association said he had been repeatedly accused of extorting money from timber traders in the past – although there was no evidence to back up the allegations.