The chief of Thpong district police in Kampong Speu province has been put on administrative leave after villagers filed complaints alleging that he tried to kill them in 2012.
Provincial police chief Major General Sam Samuon said yesterday that Lieutenant Colonel Hun Sok Hon has been temporarily suspended.
Maj Gen Samuon noted that Lt Col Sok Hon was accused by Sun Yoeum, 47, director of Amlaing Middle School, and his wife Khim Chanthea, 46, of attempted murder and fraud dating back to 2012.
“According to National Police protocol, he will be temporarily suspended from his job pending further investigation,” he said. “If the investigation proceeds to court with criminal charge, we will make sure he attends court.”
Maj Gen Samuon did not provide details of the allegations.
Mr Yoeun said yesterday that in 2012, Lt Col Sok Hon hired him and his wife to clear forests in Amlaing village and promised to pay them $50 per hectare of land cleared.
He said after he and the wife cleared about ten hectares, Lt Col Sok Hon failed to pay them.
He said that in 2015, Lt Col Sok Hon’s wife became ill and he blamed him and his wife for putting a magic curse on her and threatened to kill them, and their family members.
“He did not pay the fee for land clearance, and when his wife was sick, he accused me of being a sorcerer,” he said. “He threatened to kill me, my wife and my whole family.”
He noted that out of fear for his safety, he filed a complaint in May 2016.
On June 11, 2018, the Ministry of Interior issued a letter to the provincial police chief to suspend Lt Col Sok Hon.
Lt Col Sok Hon could not be reached for comment yesterday.