Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yintieng today said his agency is looking into graft allegations made against former Ratanakkiri Military Police commander Kim Reaksmey, who was sacked and stripped of his rank by the government last week.
On Wednesday, Facebook user Gee Young posted a video of Mr Reaksmey seemingly handing out $500,000 to his five children during a birthday celebration at his luxurious home. The video prompted criticism and allegations of corruption by social media users.
It also prompted a formal complaint by the Victory Intelligent Standard Association to the ACU.
Prime Minister Hun Sen then announced that Mr Reaksmey would be fired on behalf of National Police Commander General Sao Sokha and National Defence Minister Tea Banh, noting that the scandal could be harmful to the ruling CPP.
On Saturday, the King issued a Royal Decree saying Mr Reaksmey is no longer part of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
Mr Yintieng said whistleblowers have provided the ACU with information regarding suspected irregularities during Mr Reaksmey’s stint as provincial commander.
“The investigation on Mr Reaksmey was not initiated by a complaint by any civil society group – the ACU began this before [the video went viral],” he said. “I can’t tell you the particulars right now since we have not concluded our investigation.”
Full story in Tuesday’s paper.