Tycoon Hou Chamroeun has been stripped of his rank and position as Prime Minister Hun Sen’s adviser and a lieutenant general with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces after he was charged with shooting offences.
Mr Chamroeun was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 17 with threatening to kill his wife and mother-in-law after he opened fire with a gun several times at his home on April 21 in Dangkao district’s Prey Sar commune.
In a decree issued last week and obtained by Khmer Times yesterday, King Norodom Sihamoni ordered Mr Chamroeun to be stripped of his post as a prime ministerial adviser and for his lieutenant general rank to be removed.
Mr Chamroeun, who was granted the oknha title a week before the shooting, faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted.
He was arrested by the Interior Ministry’s penal department about a month after the incident took place.
According to an unnamed Dangkao district police officer, Mr Chamroeun fired multiple shots, threatening to kill his wife and his mother-in-law. Mr Chamroeun has been in detention pending his trial since he was charged.
Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat declined to comment yesterday.
Major General Mao Phalla, spokesman for the RCAF Infantry, said Mr Chamroeun was not on the infantry’s staff list but said that in general, Mr Chamroeun had set a bad example for other military personnel.
In a similar case, Lieutenant General Hun Chea, a high-ranking police official, was sentenced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 2 to 18 months in prison for unlawfully discharging a weapon.
The incident took place during an argument with his wife at his villa in Phsar Thmey I commune.