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Earlier this year, karaoke parlour singer, Sam Yin, 29, was shot dead by a police officer.The officer escaped – but then resurfaced in August as a free man. He had reached a deal, it was reported, with the court, which closed the case after he paid $1,500 (£960) to Sam Yin’s relatives.”I heard about the compensation, but I can’t confirm it,” Takeo province’s deputy police chief Suon Phon said in September.Officers could only be dispatched to apprehend the suspected killer when the court issued an arrest warrant, the deputy police chief said, adding this week that he has yet to receive one.”I don’t know what happened because everything has been done at the provincial court.”In Cambodia, a small cash payment is often the most people can hope for when the rich and powerful are involved – and cases such as Sam Yin are far from unique.

via BBC News – Cambodia’s culture of impunity: What price for a life?.

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