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Two-star general questioned over land reclamation in Koh Kong

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The stretch Maj Gen Deat allegedly filled with sand to form a beach in Koh Kong. Provincial Hall

Koh Kong provincial court yesterday questioned a two-star general who allegedly reclaimed a stretch of land near the ocean in Khemarak Phoumint city.

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

On December 23, joint forces removed sand filled into the ocean after Pich Sros, president of Cambodia Youth Party and member of Supreme Consultative Council reported the incident to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Maj Gen Deat yesterday said that he along with his lawyer were questioned by court prosecutor Ros Saram.

“The court prosecutor just asked me about filling sand into the ocean,” Maj Gen Deat said. “He just wanted to hear my explanation on the case.”

Mr Saram yesterday said that he questioned Maj Gen Deat over the alleged land reclamation.

“Maj Gen Deat came with his lawyer and answered our questions regarding the filling of sand into the sea,” he said.

He said that the questioning was important because the court needs to find out who is involved.

“I regard this questioning as very crucial because the court wants to know why he filled sand into the stretch of the sea,” Mr Saram said. “We also want to know who is involved in this case.”

Mr Saram said that the court will summon people involved, including local officials but added summonses, have not yet been delivered.

Chheang Sovanda, governor of Khemarak Phoumint city, yesterday said that he has yet to receive a summons.

“I am a local official. I am keen to cooperate with the court in the case,” Mr Sovanda said. “I will tell the truth to the court about what happened.”

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