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PJ prison director to be transferred soon

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General Pech Yon will be transferred. PCN

The PJ prison director who came under fire for neglecting his duties will soon be transferred following a complaint, an official said yesterday.


Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng asked Interior Minister Sar Kheng to decide whether Major General Pech Yon, director of PJ prison, should be transferred to the ministry’s General Department of Prisons for failing to do his job.

Major General Sorn Keo, spokesman for General Department of Prison, said yesterday that Maj Gene Yon will soon be replaced by Stung Treng provincial prison director Major General Chhim Thida.

“I heard this information, but I have not yet received an official letter,” Maj Gen Keo said “It will become true in the future.”

Maj Gen Yon yesterday said that he has not yet obtained an official transfer letter, but was told that he will be assigned to work at the General Department of Prisons.

“Until now, I have not yet received an official letter and I still work as director of PJ prison,” Maj Gen Yon, adding the coming transfer was routine. “I will follow the order if there is such a transfer.”

When asked if his transfer stemmed from the accusation that he failed to fulfil his role as the manager of the prison, Maj Gen Yon said: “I did nothing wrong as accused [by Mr Sreng]. If I am wrong, why doesn’t he give me advice or warn me?”

Mr Sreng could not be reached for comment yesterday, but last week said that Maj Gen Yon had not met expectations of the municipal administration.

He said that a prison official needs to take care of prisoners and noted that this is an internal issue.

“It is a useless problem and it is my officer’s problem, there’s no need for a journalist to be interested in it,” he said. “I just filed a request to exchange a prison official who did not do a good job.”

Local media reported that Mr Sreng had asked Mr Kheng for the transfer to happen by October 31.

It said that Maj Gen Yon failed to fulfil his role and that he neglected his duties as the manager of the prison. It said that he also failed to attend meetings with Mr Sreng.

Maj Gen Thida yesterday said that he has not yet received an official letter for him to take over the PJ prison.

“I have not yet received an official letter, so I am looking forward to hearing the information this week,” Maj Gen Thida said.

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