National Police Chief General Neth Savoeun ordered the anti-terrorism unit yesterday to summon Colonel Thlang Phinra, police chief of the Anti-Terrorism Office of the Ministry of Interior, who allegedly threatened two restaurant owners with a gun.
Lieutenant General Y Sok Khy, director of the Anti-Terrorism Department, said yesterday that Gen Savoeun summoned Col Phinra to confess his guilt and apologise to the restaurant owners. If a compromise is not reached, he will be sent to court and fined.
“The General Commissariat of the National Police will not allow the actions of the police officer at fault to damage the honour of the entire National Police Force, and we will always punish officers who commit crimes,” he said.
Col Phinra could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Chuy Sokheng, owner of Angkor Chum Noodle restaurant at Tuol Kork Branch, filed a complaint on Tuesday against Col Phinra after he threatened to shoot him and his wife.
Sokheng described in the complaint that on September 20, at around 12am, he had lunch with about eight friends at his restaurant as they were closed to the public for Pchum Ben. Col Phinra entered the restaurant uninvited, but because they knew each other, Sokheng allowed him to stay.
Sokheng added that Col Phinra, who was under the influence of alcohol, boasted that he could call Lieutenant General Sar Thet, Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief, to close the restaurant at any time.
In the complaint, Sokheng described that after those remarks, he questioned Col Phinra who then pulled out a gun and pointed it at him and his wife, threatening to kill them.
Sokheng demanded $100,000 in damages and asked for the law to punish the police officer as severely as possible.