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Army officer investigated over land reclamation

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Koh Kong provincial officials are investigating a major general working for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces for allegedly reclaiming a stretch of sea in Khemarak Phoumint city’s Smach Meanchey commune.

Vy Ravuth, director of the Koh Kong provincial land management department, yesterday said that provincial officials formed a working group in November to look into the alleged sea landfilling in Smach Meanchey village.

“The province created a group of officials to investigate the case,” Mr Ravuth said, adding that Major General Tun Deat is a construction material supplier in the province.

Pich Sros, member of the Supreme Consultative Council, visited the reclamation site yesterday and confirmed that Maj Gen Deat was filling about two hectares of land into the sea.

“After my investigation, I see that Tun Deat has planted wooden poles in the sea measuring about two hectares,” Mr Sros said.

He said that Maj Gen Deat should be prosecuted and the poles should be removed.

“The government must probe this case and bring him to justice. If authorities do not remove the poles, this officer will take all the land,” he said.

Reached by phone yesterday, Maj Gen Deat admitted that he had filled up a part of the sea to prevent trash from washing onto his plot of land.

“What they accused me of is wrong. I have just planted poles to prevent the rubbish from washing onto to my land,” he said.

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