A military officer and well-known timber businessman was yesterday charged for using fake army number plates to illegally transport luxury wood.
Bun Chantha, an officer with Kampong Speu Military Police, identified the suspect as Second Lieutenant Yim Sokan, 35, the son of the unit’s deputy commander.
Lt Sokan was accused of putting the number plates on trucks used by his firm to transport luxury timber to Vietnam via Kampot province.
He was yesterday charged with forging public documents and using forged military number plates.
Mr Chantha said the suspect was arrested on Monday in Kampong Speu’s Phnom Srouch district, in accordance with a warrant from Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
The warrant was issued after police last month caught two men transporting luxury timber in two trucks with fake number plates on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
After inspecting the trucks’ documents and the timber, police found that they belonged to Lt Sokan.
The National Military Police summoned him for questioning, but he failed to appear, prompting authorities to pursue legal action against him through the court.
“He forged army number plates and put them on his trucks,” Mr Chantha said. “He then used the trucks to transport timber for his personal business. His activities seriously harmed the reputation and the honour of the army.”
Mr Chantha said Lt Sokan has been detained in prison awaiting trial. He faces at least one year in prison if convicted.