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CNRP Lawmaker Denies Corruption Charges

By Taing Vida / Khmer Times Share:
Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Real Camerin (pointing) during his visit to a disputed area of the border with Vietnam in Svay Rieng last year. KT/ Ven Rathavong

Opposition Lawmaker Real Camerin has issued a second letter rejecting Anti-corruption Unit allegations that he cheated donors out of $55,000 aimed at funding a trip to inspect the Cambodian border in June 2015.
In the letter to the head of the ACU dated January 20, 2016, Mr. Camerin said he had received a total of $20,750 in donations from Cambodians and those abroad for the trip, which he said was spent on chartering buses, buying flags, food, water and other materials. Its total cost was $20,740.
He specified in the letter that he rented 61 trucks with a total cost of $8,540 and 85 cars for $7,650. He also attached several documents for the ACU to check. 
On July 31, Mr. Camerin, who is currently outside of Cambodia, was summoned by the ACU for questioning based on three anonymous complaints alleging he had pocketed most of the donated money.  
“This complaint was deliberately fabricated for the purpose of ruining my reputation and honor,” Mr. Camerin’s first letter read.
The corruption accusations are centered on a trip to the Vietnam border made by Mr. Camerin and others on July 19, less than one month after an earlier trip devolved into a violent clash with Vietnamese residents and officials.

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