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Military police graft claim dismissed

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An investigation found there was no merit to the claim made in a Facebook comment on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s page. Kampuchea Thmey

A National Military Police spokesman has denied a statement made by a Facebook user which accused the Kampong Speu provincial military police of corruption by cutting the salary of soldiers and using the money for their own interests.

The response by National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy comes after Facebook user “Preap Sar” wrote a comment on the page of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday.

“Please Samdech, look at the Kampong Speu military police, which have been corrupt for three years, buying a house that costs $350,000 and cutting the salary of soldiers and claiming to use it for a fund,” the comment said.

After receiving an order to immediately investigate the case from National Military Police commander General Sao Sokha, Brigadier General Hy went to visit trainees of the Kampong Speu provincial military police directly.

Brig Gen Hy said yesterday that after questioning, all military police officers honestly answered that there had been no cut in salary, and that participation in the fund, meant to raise money for funeral expenses for the families of fallen military police officers, was purely voluntary.

“At Kampong Speu military police headquarters, the soldiers have not had their salary cut and they are not coerced to join the fund, which is conducted voluntarily on behalf of families of the military police,” he said.

The creation of the fund to assist with the funeral expenses of military police families was set up in April 2017 under an initiative by Gen Sokha.

The fund aims to help families raise money for a funeral, as well as religious and military ceremonies, and is a way to help improve a family’s livelihood. The fund has raised from 30 million riel to 70 million riel – from $7,500 to $17,500 – to help families of deceased military police officers.

Chou Sarun, commander of the military police in Kampong Speu province, declined to comment on the case, saying he was busy in a meeting.

According to Brig Gen Hy, no legal action will be taken against the owner of the “Preap Sar” Facebook account even though the facts were misrepresented and the comment was likely made to incite divisions within the military.

Similar statements have been made on Facebook in the past regarding salary cuts, including allegations against the military police in Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang and Banteay Meanchey provinces that cut the salary and rice allowance of soldiers by 120,000 to 130,000 riel per month.

However, the statements have been repeatedly denied as false by senior military police officials

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