A former major in the military yesterday admitted in court to forging public documents and the signature of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son General Hun Manet in order to dupe would-be recruits to the prime minister’s bodyguard unit in exchange for money.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Presiding Judge Svay Tonh identified the former major as Nguon Seng Satya, 42, who was arrested by military police in December 2016.
Mr Satya allegedly posed as a two-star general and forged military documents bearing Gen Manet’s signature in order to lure potential recruits to the bodyguard unit in exchange for money.
“He was a major in the military, but he disguised himself as a two-star-general and always wore a general’s uniform,” Judge Tonh said. “He forged public military documents using the name of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, General Hun Manet, to recruit soldiers in exchange for money.”
Mr Satya is facing four charges in total, including fraud, forgery of public documents, unauthorised possession of weapons, and unlawful use of public uniforms. He faces two to five years in jail if convicted.
During his trial yesterday, Mr Satya admitted his mistakes, pleading for leniency from the court.
“The reason why I forged the military documents and recruited soldiers was because I needed money,” he said. “I used the name of General Hun Manet to recruit soldiers because he is a popular military commander. Many youths like him and want to work with him.”
“I confess that I made a mistake, but I did not have any money,” he added. “I would like to ask the court to reduce my sentence.”
A verdict is due on August 15.