Officer summoned over extortion accusation

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Military police officer Sok Les. Supplied

The Takeo provincial court has summoned a military police officer to answer allegations in local news reports that he extorted money from a timber trader to release him from custody.

Deputy prosecutor Phann Sopheak said local news accused Sok Les, deputy chief of staff for the provincial military police, of extorting $1,500 from the trader.

“It is within the power of the court to summon him for questioning to see whether he has committed this offence or not,” Mr Sopheak said.

“If he has committed what they have accused him of, we will follow the proper procedures.”

Mr Les must appear for questioning on July 14, according to the summons.

Reached yesterday, Mr Les denied the accusations and said he will attend court as requested.

“I will go to the court because I am not involved in anything,” Mr Les said. “If someone has a complaint against me, they should have notified my superiors.”

Nhoem Sovathdy, deputy commander of the provincial military police, declined to comment.

“This is a personal issue for Mr Les,” he said. “I don’t know anything about this case.”

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