Prime Minister Hun Sen has threatened to remove a provincial military commander and two deputy provincial governors in Preah Sihanouk province over their involvement in violent crackdown during a land dispute.
During a Supreme Consultative Council’s meeting on Thursday, Mr Hun Sen threatened to fire Preah Sihanouk provincial military commander Major General Savin Vibol and two unnamed deputy provincial governors over their involvement in using violent crackdown during the land dispute last month, according to Khmer Rise Party president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung who attended the meeting.
“Samdech Techo expresses his regret and he directly orders [officials] to check and remove provincial military commander from his position,” Mr Sovann Vathana Sabung said. “Samdech Techo also threatens to fire deputy provincial governors involved in the land dispute.”
On January 24, a clash broke out in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district as provincial authorities were measuring disputed land after protestors threw stones and petrol bombs at security forces. In return, security forces fired multiple warning shots into the air.
In the incident, a construction worker was shot and injured, while four other villagers were arrested and released the same day.
On January 25, National Military Police spokesman Brigadier General Eng Hy said following the investigation, the fact-finding team has disciplined four military police officers who were found to have committed the wrongdoing over violent crackdown during a land dispute in Preah Sihanouk province last month.