A man accused of impersonating a two-star general and inciting people to grab state land denied the allegations as he was questioned at Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday afternoon.
Deputy provincial court prosecutor Ros Saram said the suspect Nget Narin, 47, rejected claims he created a false identity, arguing he was known as brigadier-general for many years, but everyone knew it was just a nickname.
“We are questioning him for impersonating a two-star general, but the suspect said other people gave him the name,” Mr Saram said. “We received a complaint on the matter from the military police.”
According to a police report, Mr Narin always identified himself as a two-star general and the deputy commander of the Prime Minister’s bodyguard unit.
However, he was actually a land dealer who encouraged members of the public to build on state and private land in the province, the report said.
Mr Saram said the suspect is insisting he is innocent and there is no evidence to incriminate him yet, although prosecutors are not finished questioning him.
Preah Sihanouk provincial military commander Heng Bunty declined to comment.
In another case of impersonation, military police in Kampong Thom province on Wednesday arrested a man accused of falsifying his identity to extort people in Baray district.
Chheang Sokhom, deputy provincial military commander, said the suspect Chheng Sok Eng, 49, had already been sent to the provincial court.
Media reported that Mr Eng parked his Lexus SUV and set up a checkpoint to demand money from wood transporters in Baray district, claiming he was a local official.
The victims later filed a complaint to military police in the district.