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Prisons told to crack down on inmates using phones

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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday 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 a ground breaking ceremony 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 [Women’s 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.

Nouth Savna, General Department of Prisons spokesman, yesterday said that general director Chan Kimseng has already informed all prisons of the Prime Minister’s directive.

“The general director instructed all provincial prison directors to immediately stop the practice of detainees using mobile phones to make calls outside,” he said. “If such a case happens, then the management of the prison will be held responsible.”

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