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Koh Kong authorities reverse reclamation project

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Koh Kong authorities yesterday began removing dirt from a land reclamation site belonging to an army two-star general in Khemarak Phoumint city.

On December 3, provincial authorities filed a complaint against Major General Tun Deat, deputy chief of RCAF’s Cambodia-Thai border affairs, for reclaiming a stretch of sea in the city.

Yesterday, the court ruled against Maj Gen Deat and provincial authorities began removing dirt.

Provincial Governor Mithona Phouthorng yesterday evening said joint forces made up of Land Management Ministry and court officials had the dirt removed from a stretch of the sea filled by Maj Gen Deat.

“Forces have already removed the dirt since 3pm. Joint forces, including representatives from the land management ministry, a court official and all relevant parties took part,” she said.

The removal took place after Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday ordered Land Management Minister Chea Sophara and local authorities to investigate Maj Gen Deat.

Ms Mithona said wooden poles placed by Maj Gen Deat were already pulled out, adding a court will proceed with its case against him.

Maj Gen Deat yesterday evening said he will follow the court’s decision.

“I have no problem. If the court says that the dirt must be removed, I will respect the law,” he said.

Maj Gen Deat said city authorities permitted him to reclaim the stretch of water, noting officials from the Defence Ministry’s general inspection department yesterday met him over the land reclamation.

Pich Sros, president of Cambodian Youth Party and member of the Supreme Consultative Council, hailed the government’s measure.

“I would like to say congratulations to the government for having the dirt removed because no one can grab state land or property illegally,” Mr Sros said. “It is a warning to all high-ranking officials.”

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