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Fugitive Cambodian ex-governor who shot workers surrenders

Cambodian ex-governor convicted of shooting workers surrenders after 2 years on the run

Fugitive Cambodian ex-governor who shot workers surrenders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A former Cambodian governor convicted of shooting three female garment workers during a 2012 protest has surrendered to police after more than two years on the run.

The website of Cambodia's national police announced that Chhouk Bandith, former governor of Bavet town in the eastern province of Svay Rieng, surrendered Saturday in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Chhouk Bandith had been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of "unintentional violence" in the shooting of the three, who were among a crowd of 1,000 demonstrating for better working conditions and benefits outside their factory, which made footwear for Germany's Puma and other brands.

He had gone into hiding before his conviction was affirmed by an appeals court in November 2013, which came after charges had originally been dropped.

Updated : 2021-09-18 10:44 GMT+08:00