More than 20 generals retired
Twenty-three police officers ranked from brigadier general to lieutenant general have been put into retirement, according to a royal decree.
The royal decree, issued on March 11 but seen by Khmer Times on Sunday, was signed by acting head of state Say Chhum. It said four lieutenant generals, four major generals and 15 brigadier generals had been retired.
Included among them were Siem Reap provincial police chief Major General Sort Nady, Lieutenant General Khieu Saman, director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug trafficking department, and Lieutenant General Mak Sam Ol, a former bodyguard of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
National Police spokesman Saran Kamsoth told Khmer Times that their retirement was lawful because they had reached the age of 60.
Some local media outlets claimed Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Major General Chuon Narin would replace Maj. Gen. Nady in Siem Reap province, however this information was later refuted by Maj. Gen. Narin, who said he not received an official letter.
Mr. Kamsoth declined to reveal the next Siem Reap provincial police chief, only saying someone had already been appointed.
Late last year and early this year, Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang provinces saw new police chiefs appointed after their predecessors were retired.
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