Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Thursday charged a jobless man who allegedy posed as a military police officer on Facebook and insulted the National Police in a post.
Brigadier General Eng Hy, National Military Police sopkesman, identified the accused as Kong Sambath, 35, living Sihanoukville’s buon commune.
He said Mr Sambath was charged with use of uniform similar to police and faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
Brig Gen Hy noted that the accused was arrested on Wednesday by provincial military police.
Major Ly Sopheak, a provincial military police officer, yesterday said that on Wednesday, Mr Sambath posted several photos of him wearing a military police uniform and also two photos of suspected Chinese robbers who were arrested by military police in Sihanoukville on Tuesday on his personal Facebook’s account as “Sambath Pasomaly.”
He said the accused wrote that “the military police is more efficient than police who just wait to demand money from criminals”.
Maj Sopheak said that his post was criticized by several Facebook users, adding that it was also done to incite conflict between military police and police.
He noted that after receiving many complaints from Facebook users, provincial military police then began searching for Sambath Pasomaly’s real identity and his whereabouts.
“After discovering his identity and whereabouts, we found that he was not a military police officer,” Maj Sopheak said. “But he posed as a military police officer and his activities and the message seriously affected the honour and reputation of the national police.”
He noted that Mr Sambath was arrested at about 4pm on Wednesday at his house in Sihanoukville and police seized several military police uniforms and insignia bearing the rank of captain.
Maj Sopheak said the accused is now in prison pending trial.