The cold blooded assassination of Chut Wutty is a tragedy and totally deja vu- a repeat of the cold blooded murder of Chea Vichea on 22 January, 2004
Like Chea Vichea, Chut Wutty had a mission. The two men knew the forces they were facing. They were fearless, they looked straight into the eyes of those who wanted them dead.
They both received open threats and knew they would be killed.
They walked tall. Their interests go beyond saving one life.
The government went after them. The government never did much to prosecute those who wanted them dead.
Who killed Chea Vichea?
The people know the answer but the government is still “investigating”. Chea Vichea’s brother and the people of Cambodia want Chea Vichea to be recognized as a national hero. That would require a royal decree. The people of Cambodia are still waiting.
Who killed Chut Wutty?
The least the government can do is to hand over the investigation to an independent team. It starts with the protection of the key witnesses who were in the car with Chut Wutty when he was killed. It also starts with the doctor who conducted the autopsy. What kind of bullet-it hit the knee and traveled up to the stomach. An expert is needed.
The military police who killed Chut Wutty was also killed. How? Why?
The message of both assassinations is clear: heroes are killed because they go against whose protected by those in power.
The prime minister of Cambodia has a huge task in his hands: to show credibility and accountability.
And it begins with: stop signing deals for land concessions that are more for carte blanche for illegal logging.
Does the prime minister know who he signs the concessions to?
He should know, if he does not know.
The people of Cambodia do not want two-hour long speeches and tirades but action with credibili ty and accountability.
Donor community needs to rethink their back-door diplomacy. When is the next donor meeting? Can the date be fixed or should it be indefinitely be postponed?
Only 300,000 hectares of Cambodia’s arable land is left.
We pray for the souls of Chea Vichea, Chut Wutty and many more heroes who made sacrifices because they want a better Cambodia.