Love to see that battle dress.
Yes. Seen him around town
Firstly the fight...
news and gossip can be misleading and of course it has to be spicy so people actually read it...
On the night of the 24 th december while i was leaving a friends place after a Christmas party, and walking along soksan to go back to my place, i saw sasha and marko ( who i know as they had stayed at my hotel in the past and one of my friends was sashas neighbour) and they called me in for a beer with them at drynk bar. there was a khmer lady with a kid who i had seen with marko in the past and since i used to run a hotel in siem reap, i had seen her with some of the hotel clients on and off.. there was a little kid with her which marko had claimed was his.. so well, we well i sat down with them having a beer and this guy who i d never met came to the table and started arguing with the lady, it did seem that they knew each other and than he got into an argument with marko (slovakian guy), although it was none of my business but it was christmas eve and i told the guy what the problem was and he should relax and have a drink with us... his reply to me was explicitly " Mind your own business", which i did thereon... the dude "mario" was certainly intoxicated, well i guess everyone was as it was a festive day . Thereon Mario just sat on the next table and literally forced the kid out of the ladys hand and sat there just staring at marko and the lady non stop, he was certainly unhappy.
we just kept on minding our business, but mario kept on swearing at marko and the lady. finally the lady went over to marios table and tried to calm him down. that was the end of it..
Another beer later, we were just about about to leave and mario made some comment on me, with the music and street noise, i could not comprehend what he had said but well fuck it, it was a holiday, people were drunk and i just paid my tab inside at the bar and was at the exit of the door and i saw mario trying to block the exit for marko and sasha, that is when sasha (serbian guy) and mario pushed each other and than sasha punched him on the face and he fell backwards banging his head on a parked scooter parked in front of the bar.. by that time was just next to mario and he tried to punch me but i think he was too drunk, i would have expected a german to throw a better punch... while trying he twisted his ankle on the curb and fell again, that is when marko came in and punched him multiple times and kicked him all over... i saw by the end of it, hardly took 10 seconds ,that mario had shit his pants and was definitely knocked out completely.... that was the end of the fight...
By then there was big crowd assembled outside and the police arrived as well, with sashas reputation (right or wrong i cannot say), the police took him in and mario was taken to the hospital, marko disappeared and i went back to my place to call it a night....
I got a call from the police station near the airport to come and act as a witness for what had happened.. i was supposed to fly to vietnam that morning, so what the hell i thought, its close to the airport, i ll catch the flight after...
As soon as i reach the police station, i see poor mario (he may be an ass but he was drunk, he is surely financially fucked, his girlfriend makes money as an escort, he is raising markos kid and he was physically broken when i saw him). Marko and Sasha were in a little filthy hold up cell...
i was called in immediately to the bosses office and they wanted me to act as witness, i told them the whole story and then they asked me to wait outside, they called in mario, he gave his statement and left... finally they took sashas and markos statement and than again i was called in and was informed that i am not a witness but a perpetrator as i was with the gang who beat up "Mario".... i was shocked...!! They explicitly told mario wants 5000 us dollars from each one of us to take the case back, but they just said well you were there and you hit him, we have cctv footage, i told them sure, i d like to see, they just told me you cannot as it is a part of evidence now and they ll be taking me to court the next morning and the prosecutor will take a call on that.. i demanded that i would like to contact my embassy which they did let me and the embassy arranged for a lawyer for me in siem reap.
But thereon the police were behaving really hostile towards me as i had contacted the embassy.., "which they certainly did not want"..
6 hours later...
the lawyer came and waited for a few hours but the police told him, well its now off for the day and he can only meet me or the "boss" the next morning...
My lawyer was there at 9 am, more waiting and the police said well, the boss is sick today so we ll have to wait till the next day... a couple of hours after my lawyer left, the boss comes in, calls me to his room and tells me, i have 2 choices -
1. go with my lawyer, in that case they will present me to the prosecutor the next morning who will definitely pass on the case to an investigative judge and that means minimum 1 month of investigations and my court date which will only happen after 1 month and i would have to stay in prison in the meantime...
2. They know the prosecutor and if i pay 5000 USD to the prosecutor, i will be out the next day and should leave the country asap...
I told him "what about Mario"? although i did not physically attack him nor i was guilty other than being at the wrong place with wrong people in a wrong situation at the same time, he s in a bad state so i d prefer to pay him a little for his treatments and get some karma points, his reply " why do you care?, barangs keep getting into fights when they are drunk, you want to get out or not?".
Coming from India and have traveled a lot, i was shocked by the fucking drama of all of this.. i do come from a corrupt country but this was a joke...
I told them i need to speak to my lawyer, and they did let me and he was nice enough to come at night and he explained to me that the 2 nd option was my only way out ... " thats how it works here, sorry "!
The next morning i got a call from the embassy saying they had spoken to the "boss" and setup a payment plan 2000 USD upfront,they would keep my passport till i paid the rest a week later.. i got that money for them and we all were taken to court where me and sasha (who had to pay 10000 USD) were released whereas marko was sent to prison as mario did not want him out, no matter how much he paid... ps-- Marko was released a month later after paying 5000 USD to Mario....
After i was released, the embassy somehow through their back channel contacts got my passport back and i could leave cambodia a week later.....
Well that was the brief of it... i did manage to get written paper from the boss which mentions the payment plan.. and i would be posting it to various media outlets as well...
A brief about Mario--- He claimed that he had lost his passport during that fight... as expats.. who carries their passport while going partying.. it was eventually found out he was living illegally in cambodia since 2017, the immigration are looking for him....
That was one hell of an expensive fight......
And which one is Sasha and which one is Marko, Im confused.......
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