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Kandal police chief warned over ‘lack of leadership’

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Major General Eav Chamroeun has likened the warning to a father scolding his son. KT/Siv Channa

A letter issued by Interior Minister Sar Kheng in July has revealed that Major General Eav Chamroeun, chief of the Kandal provincial police, is on thin ice over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

The letter follows a complaint about Maj Gen Chamroeun’s leadership that was filed in April by his subordinates. A total of 16 points were listed alleging abuse of power, extortion and corrupt practices.

In Mr Kheng’s letter, which was obtained yesterday, the Interior Minister said Maj Gen Chamroeun has been warned about a “lack of attention to management and leadership”.

“The individual must correct his mistakes and behaviour,” Mr Kheng said. “If you continue to oppose my instruction, I will take action in accordance with the National Police’s code of conduct.”

Mr Kheng added that National Police Chief General Neth Savoeun and Kandal Governor Mao Phirun must ensure that Maj Gen Chamroeun follows instructions.

Maj Gen Chamroeun yesterday said he is going through an internal issue and compared Mr Kheng’s letter to a father scolding his son, adding that he “will implement the order”.

Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun, spokesman for the National Police, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In May, six high-ranking provincial police officers were questioned by the Interior Ministry’s secretariat of inspections in connection to the complaint. At the time, Maj Gen Chamroeun denied all allegations.

“This is a twisted case,” he said.

Ly Sreysros, head of Young Analyst Group, yesterday said that despite the warning being from Mr Kheng, the Interior Ministry should punish Maj Gen Chamroeun if he is guilty.

“I think that [warning] him is not enough,” Ms Sreysros said. “The ministry should punish him in accordance with the law.”

“If we [only warn], it will affect the country’s rule of law,” she added.

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