Outcry as prime suspect in Cambodia protest shooting dropped
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian rights campaigners on Wednesday slammed a court decision to drop charges against a former governor who was the prime suspect in the shooting of three female garment workers earlier this year.
The trio, employees of Puma supplier Kaoway Sports, were wounded after a gunman opened fire on a protest in February demanding better working conditions at factories in eastern Svay Rieng province.
Mr Chhuk Bundith, governor of Bavet City at the time of the shooting, was charged in April with causing unintentional injuries and removed from his post.
"The court has dropped all charges against him," the victims' lawyer Chin Linda told AFP, adding the court has instead charged a police officer with involuntary bodily harm over the incident.