The Kandal provincial police chief on Monday temporarily suspended the Sa’ang district police chief, a deputy and a commune police chief over their failure to crack down on illegal gambling and cockfighting in the district.
In a letter, Major General Eav Chamroeun, provincial police chief, said he ordered Colonel Seng Socheat, his deputy Lieutenant Colonel Soup Leangse and First Lieutenant Chey Sam Ath, Prek Ambel commune police chief, to attend an inquiry at the provincial police’s personnel bureau.
The letter said that in the meantime, Major Vath Sophath, another district deputy police chief, will take over Col Socheat’s duties and chief warrant officer Neang Phanith, Prek Ambel commune deputy police chief, will temporarily assume F-Lt Sam Ath’s position.
Maj Gen Chamroeun yesterday said in a phone interview that he suspended the officers because they allegedly allowed cockfighting and other illegal gambling activities in the district.
“He is a district police chief, so he must organize and keep tabs on crime prevention activities in his district,” Maj Gen Chamroeun said.
Col Socheat declined to comment, saying that he was in Thailand.
In October 2017, three former police officers of Sa’ang district were charged in absentia with aggravated violence causing death following the custodial beating of two men, one of whom died after he was released.
Sam Rithyveasna, Kandal provincial court deputy prosecutor, had identified them as Chhay Sina, Pheakdey Vitou and Kheang Song Theng.
On Monday, the Kampong Cham provincial police chief appointed the Kampong Siem district deputy police chief to temporarily take over the duties of his superior Colonel Ek Panndorn, who was suspended following an assault complaint.
In a letter obtained on Wednesday, provincial police chief Major General Em Kosal said he appointed Major Pech Kimsea to be acting district police chief while Col Panndorn is being investigated over a complaint from the family of man who was allegedly beaten up and severely hurt on April 17.
According to a Facebook post by his brother, Hak Seang Han was walking home after having an argument with a villager in the district’s O’Svay commune when he was arrested and beaten up by Col Panndorn.