The Anti-Corruption Unit is investigating a high-ranking provincial official’s assets after he hosted a lavish engagement party last weekend.
ACU chairman Om Yentieng on Wednesday said a case looking at the assets of Brigadier General Seng Sokha, deputy chief of Kandal provincial police, has been opened.
Mr Yentieng said the case is similar to that of Kim Reaksmey, former Ratanakkiri provincial military police commander, who was sacked after a video showing his lavish lifestyle surfaced on the internet.
Mr Yentieng said Brig Gen Sokha’s investigation began after he offered his fiancé a $100,000 dowry and an SUV during the engagement party.
“The case against Kim Reaksmey is almost complete,” he said. “We are now focusing on Sokha’s case.
Brig Gen Sokha could not be reached for comment yesterday.
San Chey, director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, yesterday said displaying wealth could attract public attention.
“It is not strange because the law says when someone is suspected of corruption, the ACU must step in and investigate,” Mr Chey said.
He added that ACU is obligated to investigate any financial discrepancies Brig Gen Sokha may have.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Mr Reaksmey was to be fired after a leaked video showed Mr Reaksmey seemingly hand out $500,000 to his five children during a birthday celebration at his luxurious home.
Shortly after, King Norodom Sihamoni issued a Royal Decree saying Mr Reaksmey is no longer part of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
Mr Yentieng at the time said whistleblowers provided the ACU with information regarding suspected irregularities during Mr Reaksmey’s stint as provincial commander.
“The investigation on Mr Reaksmey was not initiated by a complaint by any civil society group – the ACU began this before [the video went viral],” he said.