Brigadier General Thav Yen, deputy Ratanakkiri military police commander, on Sunday was appointed acting commander following the sacking of Brigadier General Kim Reaksmey last week.
National Military Police spokesman Brigadier General Eng Hy yesterday said that when a provincial commander is not available for duty the deputy commander, who is also the chief of staff, becomes the acting commander.
“When the provincial commander is absent, the deputy commander and chief of staff will become acting commander immediately,” Brig Gen Hy said. “Brigadier General Thav Yen became acting commander after Big Gen Reaksmey was stripped of his rank last week.”
He noted that the National Military Police is now looking into appointing a new Ratanakkiri provincial commander, but does not know who it will be.
Mr Reaksmey was sacked and stripped of his rank last week after footage of his lavish lifestyle surfaced on the internet and was criticised by social media users.
On Wednesday, Facebook user Gee Yong posted a video of Mr Reaksmey seemingly handing out $500,000 to his five children during a birthday celebration at his luxurious home.
The footage garnered negative comments and corruption allegations on the social media platform, with many questioning how a provincial military police commander could have such large amounts of money.
It also prompted a formal complaint by the Victory Intelligent Standard Association to the Anti-Corruption Unit.
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.
ACU chairman Om Yentieng could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, Mr Yentieng said on Monday that whistleblowers have provided the ACU with information regarding suspected irregularities during Mr Reaksmey’s stint as provincial commander.