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High-ranking officers in Kandal province questioned by ministry

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Brigadier General Ven Sovin leaves the Interior Ministry yesterday. KT/Pan Rachana

Six high-ranking Kandal provincial police officers were questioned by the Interior Ministry’s Secretariat of Inspector yesterday in connection to an anonymous corruption complaint filed against provincial police chief Major General Eav Chamroeun.

According to a letter from the Interior Ministry, the complaint was filed on April 19 to Interior Minister Sar Kheng and alleged that Maj Gen Chamroeun abused his power and was involved in corruption.

The letter said six deputy provincial police chiefs were summoned over the complaint. These deputies are Brigadier General Roeun Nara, Brigadier General Ven Sovin, Brigadier General Chan Savoeun, Brigadier General Top Sovann, Brigadier General Seng Kimkhorn and Brigadier General Chhoeun Sochet.

Brig Gen Nara yesterday said Maj Gen Chamroeun is a good leader.

“If he weren’t a good leader, he would not be able to work as the Kandal provincial police chief,” he said. “He is a good person.”

Brig Gen Savoeun declined to comment. Brig Gen Sovin said: “It is an internal issue and I cannot comment on this case”.

Maj Gen Chamroeun yesterday again denied the accusations made in the complaint.

“This is a twisted case,” he said. “I cannot comment in more detail because the Secretariat of Inspector is still investigating the case.”

Lieutenant General Sam Bo, deputy director-general of the Secretariat of Inspector, declined to comment yesterday.

According to the complaint, a number of unnamed police officers are no longer confident in Maj Gen Chamroeun’s leadership.

Sixteen points were listed accusing Maj Gen Chamroeun of diverting election security funds, unlawful use of cars seized from criminal suspects, abuse of power, taking bribes for promotions and extorting subordinates.

Several weeks after the complaint was filed, Sa’ang district police chief Colonel Seng Socheat, his deputy Lieutenant Colonel Soup Leangse and Prek Ambel commune police chief First Lieutenant Chey Sam Ath were suspended for failing to crack down on a major cockfighting ring.

At the time, Maj Gen Chamroeun said the three allowed cockfighting and other illegal gambling activities to occur in the district.

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