The commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit denied yesterday that two men who committed land fraud in Kampot province were members of his unit.
The suspects, Sun Sieng, 48, and Heng San, 45, who had identified themselves as bodyguards from the Prime Minister’s personal bodyguard unit, were charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 17 for forgery and fraud committed in 2013.
General Hing Bun Heang, the unit’s commander, said the two suspects had nothing to do with the bodyguard unit and only intended to discredit it by claiming association.
“Our bodyguards have never been involved in fraud, instead they help the people,” he said.
“They want to tarnish the reputation of my bodyguards. The police have sent them to the court to prosecute according to the law.”
Gen Bun Heang reiterated the role of the bodyguards was to protect top leaders, as well as provide security for the general public.
“Their main roles are to protect the safety of national leaders, national and international dignitaries and citizens, as well as doing social work like helping the elderly, the disabled, women, children and orphans,” he added.
Local media reported the suspects were arrested by the Interior Ministry’s serious crimes bureau on January 12 on allegations of land fraud in Kampot province, where they used the fictitious titles to take $50,000 from the complainant for non-existing land.