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Eav Chamroeun joins Interior Ministry anti-drug department

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Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun to be transferred to Ministry of Interior. KT/Khem Sovannara

The Interior Ministry yesterday reported the reassignment of Major General Eav Chamroeun, chief of Kandal provincial police, accused of corruption last year by a group of unnamed officers.

According to an Interior Ministry letter, Maj Gen Chamroeun will now work as deputy chief of the ministry’s anti-drug department, while his deputy will replace him in Kandal.

“Brigadier General Chhoeun Socheat, who is deputy chief of Kandal police, will become chief,” it said.

The group on April 19 last year took to Facebook to address the Interior Ministry and complain about alleged corrupt practices under Maj Gen Chamroeun’s leadership in the province.

It said several unnamed police officers were no longer confident in Maj Gen Chamroeun’s leadership. Sixteen points were listed accusing him of abuse of power, bribery and extortion.

The Facebook complaint was posted one week after Maj Gen Chamroeun suspended three police officers for allegedly failing to crack down on a major cockfighting ring.

Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak yesterday said Maj Gen Chamroeun’s reassignment was a promotion and it had nothing to do with alleged corrupt practices outlined in the complaint.

“There’s no relevancy,” Gen Sopheak said. “If it were related, we would have removed him last year.”

He said the ministry investigated the case and found Maj Gen Chamroeun was not guilty.

“Changing someone’s position is normal in serving the people,” Gen Sopheak said.

Maj Gen Chamroeun yesterday said he was promoted because of his achievements as chief of Kandal Provincial Police.

“Yes, there has been a promotion,” Maj Gen Chamroeun said yesterday. “Reassignments are normal for police officers.”

“I don’t remember what I have done, but I know I have been working to serve the people,” he added.

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