The Ministry of Interior yesterday suspended Kampong Thom provincial police chief Major General Ouk Kosal following a string of allegations of inappropriate sexual advances on his female subordinates.
According to the ministerial announcement dated August 12, the ministry is also requiring Maj Gen Kosal to appear at the Personnel Department every day while he awaits a new decision.
The ministry also announced the appointment of Brigadier General Ith Kim Sron from deputy provincial police chief to acting chief and the transfer of Brigadier General Im Sokoeun, provincial deputy police chief in charge of human resources, to the personnel department.
Earlier this week, a sexual harassment complaint filed by five female police officers sent the media abuzz after the subject of the complaint was identified as Maj Gen Kosal.
In the complaint, the female police officers said the high-ranking police officer used force against them to dissuade them from speaking out.
In response, Interior Minister Sar Kheng on August 11 confirmed that National Police Chief General Neth Savoeun and Kampong Thom provincial governor Sok Lou had been put in charge of the investigation which will probe into the authenticity and details of the complaint.
“I issued a warning letter to all provincial police officers who committed offences that warrant disciplinary actions [Maj Gen Kosal included]. I warned them that if they fail to act accordingly, a heavier punishment will be enforced,” said Kheng at the time.
Maj Gen Kosal could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Lou told Khmer Times yesterday that Maj Gen Kosal reported to work as normal.
“He came to work as usual before being suspended by the Ministry of Interior on the same day. He had to be suspended as the investigation into him is still underway,” said Lou.