Who Killed Chea Vichea?

Bradley Cox

Phnom Penh, January 2004. The immensely popular leader of the Cambodian union and human rights activist Chea Vichea is killed while reading a newspaper at a stand. It happens right in front of the newsvendor's eyes.The authorities needed a scapegoat for the assassination of Vichea and four days after the killing they arrested two men. They were convicted to twenty years in prison on the basis of a 'confession' by one of them, who later told the judge he was coerced by the police, who had threatened him with torture.Searching for the truth, the American filmmaker Bradley Cox finds more and more clues suggesting that the two suspects, Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun, had nothing to do with the murder. Cox even implies that the police was behind the killing of Chea Vichea, who was a threat to the regime.Investigative journalism, criminal investigation and personal involvement even reach the degree that Cox manages to worm a statement from the sole witness, the newsvendor, in exchange for help to flee to Bangkok and seek political asylum. (IDFA)


Bradley Cox
Thailand, United States
56 minutes
courts & tribunals, transitional justice, crime, freedom of speech, association etc., labour issues & trade unions, political killings & disappearances, politics & democracy, torture, trade & globalization