Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and jailed a former consul general to China for allegedly misappropriating funds from visa fees while he was based in Yunnan province from 2016 to last year.
Court spokesman Y Rin identified him as Kroy Limheng and said he was sent for pretrial detention at Prey Sar Prison.
“Kroy Limheng was charged with misappropriating public funds and embezzlement while he was the head of the Cambodian consulate in China’s Kunming city,” he noted. “The investigating judge decided to detain him in prison.
Limheng faces two to five years imprisonment as well as a fine of up to ten million riel [about $2,500] if convicted.
Mr Rin said that Limheng allegedly embezzeled fees paid for 2,100 visas while he headed the consulate.
Koy Kuong, a Foreign Affairs Minister spokesman, yesterday said that Limheng, who was serving as the Inspection Department’s deputy director general, was arrested on Friday by the Anti-Corruption Unit.
ACU chairman Om Yentieng could not be reached for comment yesterday.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, yesterday lauded the ACU for bringing an official accused of abusing power to face trial.
“It shows that no one is above the law and will help to reduce corruption by government officials,” he noted.