Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged eight security guards employed at major banks across the capital for impersonating members of security forces, misleading the public and the illegal possession of firearms.
Captain Ly Bunseng, a police officer working with the internal security police department at the Interior Ministry, said yesterday that the men were arrested last week on Thursday and Friday following inspections conducted by officers at various banks in Phnom Penh.
“Their uniforms were similar to that of police or military police officers,” Cap Bunseng said. “They were arrested after police inspected their places of employment and seized a number of firearms, uniforms and other related materials.”
He noted that police confiscated a total of ten pistols, ammunition and eight walkie-talkies at the banks’ guard posts.
Court documents obtained yesterday identified the accused as Sar Vireak, 43; Khith Sokhoeun, 33; Loch Menghour, 45; Vorn Sophaneth, 32; Ly Khean, 38; Phos Soeun, 31; Krak Tieng, 44; and Din Thun, 39.
The accused were sent to Prey Sar prison pending trial.
Police are now looking to inspect other places employing security guards, including shops and restaurants across the city.