Cambodian activist killed in police shoot-out 27-Apr-2012

Chut Wutty, Director of the Natural Resource Protection Group. [Reuters/File]

26 April 2012
Australia Network News

A prominent environmental activist was killed during a confrontation with military police in Cambodia on Thursday.

National Military Police said the activist, Chut Wutty, was armed. (sic!)

"There was a shooting incident when there was a clash between military police on duty to protect the forest and an environmental team, leading to the deaths of activist Chut Wutty and a military police official," spokesman Kheng Tito said.

Chut Wutty, the President of the Natural Resource Conservation Group, was reportedly documenting illegal logging near a Chinese built hydro-electric dam in Koh Kong province.

He was known for helping expose a secretive state sell-off of national parks and for speaking out against logging and corruption in government and big business.

Police said two reporters from the Cambodia Daily newspaper were being questioned over the incident.

The paper's editor-in-chief, Kevin Doyle, told AFP both women were unharmed.