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Prison directors told to crack down on inmates using phones

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Prisoners at Prey Sar prison. Pic Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen today ordered all prison administrations nationwide to crack down on inmates who secretly use mobile phones to contact their families to help secure their release.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the Project on Flood Protection and Drainage Improvement in Phnom Penh, Mr Hun Sen said he ordered the general director of the General Department of Prisons to stop detainees from secretly making phone calls from within the prisons.

“I would like to reaffirm that all prisons should stop this practice,” he said. “I have already told Ang Vong Vathana [Justice Minister], Chhay Sinarith [National Police deputy chief] and Ing Kantha Phavi [Womens Affairs Minister] that inmates are still using telephones from prisons to facilitate their freedom.”

In March 2018, the Prime Minister had threatened to sack the Prey Sar prison director because Meach Sovannara, the former director of the now-dissolved CNRP’s information department, was able to access a mobile phone while behind bars.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper

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