Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday sacked an advisor who had been previously convicted in 2010 on fraud charges, according to an Interior Ministry proclamation.
On June 4, 2010, Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted Tea Kimhong of fraud and sentenced him to two years in prison for taking a $25,000 payment to secure a senior government position for a civil servant.
However, Mr Kimhong’s sentence was suspended by 17 months, meaning that with time spent in pre-trial detention he was due for release.
Judge Seng Neang said at the time that the seven months Mr Kimhong had spent in detention was enough.
He ordered Mr Kimhong to repay the $25,000 to Heng Heam, an assistant to the prosecutor at the military court, and also pay $1,200 in damages.
Mr Heam had sued Mr Kimhong after he handed over the large payment but his promised position – reported by local media to have been a deputy provincial governor in Pursat – never materialized.
Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak declined to comment yesterday, saying he was busy in a meeting.
Lieutenant General Pen Vibol, director of the Interior Ministry’s personnel department, said he would follow the order but declined to comment further, referring questions to Gen Sopheak.