Man held for defaming provincial police chief

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The accused posted comments about the police chief on Facebook. Phnom Penh Reporter

Battambang Provincial Court yesterday charged a man who allegedly accused the provincial police chief of being behind crimes.

Major General Cheth Vanny, provincial deputy police chief, identified the accused as Sok Thearak, 25, a jobless man living in Mong Russey district.

He noted that the accused is charged with public defamation.

Maj Gen Vanny said that on October 10, the Facebook accounts Tam Braha Puok A Buon Chour and A Chenda Los Ksay posted that Major General Ouch Sakhorn, Battambang provincial police chief, was “corrupt and behind crimes in the province…that’s why police cannot crack down on the crimes or offences in the province.”

He noted that the allegations were not true, but were liked by many Facebook users who also posted negative comments.

Maj Gen Vanny said the posts seriously affected the reputation and honour of Maj Gen Sakhorn and other senior provincial police officers.

He said that after the messages were posted, police started checking on who owned the two Facebook accounts.

He noted that police identified and arrested Mr Thearak at his house on Sunday morning.

“After his arrest and during his interrogation, the accused admitted the offence, saying that he posted the messages because he was angry at police for not arresting those committing crimes such as drug use, trafficking and illegal gambling in the province,” he said. “He expressed regret over his mistake.”

Maj Gen Vanny noted that the accused is now in prison pending trial.

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