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Men charged with forgery over land ownership

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Kampot Provincial Court yesterday charged two former government officials with forgery of public documents in Chhouk district last year.

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Major General Mao Chanmathurith, provincial police chief, identified them as Hang Bonh, 47, who was a member of Chhouk District Council before he was charged; and Khuth Van, 46, a former member of Ta Ken Commune Council. Both men lived in Kampot province’s Chhouk district.

Maj Gen Chanmathurith said they were both charged with forgery of public documents and use of forged public documents. They face between five to 10 years each in prison if convicted.

Maj Gen Chanmathurith noted that they were both arrested on Tuesday and are now in pre-trial detention.

Captain Heang Bunthan, a penal police officer working with Chhouk district police, yesterday noted that Mr Bonh and Mr Van in October last year were officials in the district and commune councils.

He added that they forged documents to claim ownership over four hectares of land belonging to Troun Eng, a 50-year-old farmer.

The land was located in Ta Ken commune’s Krasaing village, which is in Kampot province’s Chhouk district.

Cap Bunthan said Mr Bonh and Mr Van then took the documents to relevant officials for recognition, including the chief of Trapaing Krasaing village, the chief of Ta Ken commune, and the governor of Chhouk district.

Cap Bunthan added that after they received official land titles from the relevant authorities, Mr Bonh and Mr Van in July advertised the land to sell.

He said that on August 7, Mr Eng found out that his land was being sold without his permission and filed a complaint to Chhouk district police.

He added that police began investigating the case, which led to the arrests of Mr Bonh and Mr Van on Tuesday.

“They were arrested after police found that they forged land documents and stole the victim’s land for ownership,” Cap Bunthan said. “They confessed to committing the offence and the provincial court prosecutor ordered for their arrests.”

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