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Wife of alleged Cambodian killer perplexed by accusations

  • FILE - In this July 11, 2016 file photo, Cambodian community activists carry a wreath during the funeral procession of government critic Kem Ley, pictured, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Oeut Ang, the man who allegedly shot dead Kem Ley over what he claimed was a money dispute is too poor to have loaned the victim $3,000, his wife said Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

    FILE - In this July 11, 2016 file photo, Cambodian community activists carry a wreath during the funeral procession of government critic Kem Ley, pictured, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Oeut Ang, the man who allegedly shot dead Kem Ley over what he claimed was a money dispute is too poor to have loaned the victim $3,000, his wife said Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 11, file photo, the body of Cambodian government critic Kem Ley is covered by the Cambodian National flag as flowers are placed during a funeral ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Oeut Ang, the man who allegedly shot dead Kem over what he claimed was a money dispute, is too poor to have loaned the victim $3,000, his wife said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

    FILE - In this July 11, file photo, the body of Cambodian government critic Kem Ley is covered by the Cambodian National flag as flowers are placed during a funeral ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Oeut Ang, the man who allegedly shot dead Kem over what he claimed was a money dispute, is too poor to have loaned the victim $3,000, his wife said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)  (The Associated Press)

The wife of a man who allegedly shot dead a Cambodian government critic over what he claimed was a money dispute says he's too poor to have loaned the victim $3,000.

Hoeum Huth's husband, Oeut Ang, has been in custody since Sunday, when he allegedly shot to death Kem Ley, a prominent political analyst and government critic. After he was caught by police in a chase, Oeut Ang said during interrogation that Kem Ley borrowed $3,000 from him, and that he killed him because he didn't return the money.

However, some have suggested a political conspiracy behind the killing.

Asked if she believes that her husband was hired by someone to kill Kem Ley, Hoeum Huth said Tuesday that she "never heard him says that Kem Ley owed him money."