A taskforce within the General Department of Prisons has completed an investigation into collusion between prison officials and inmates involved in an online extortion scheme, but remained tight-lipped on its conclusions.
Sorn Keo, spokesman for the General Department of Prisons, claimed he had not yet received the final report, despite the investigation being completed.
“I did not get the results because that team did not send a report to me yet,” he said.
Mr Keo noted the investigation was related to irregularities at Prey Veng Prison, where a prisoner was being given access to a computer to use Facebook.
Nuth Savana, another spokesman, told local media that the investigation wrapped up on Friday and more information would be available yesterday, but could not be reached for further comment.
“The taskforce questioned the prison officials who were involved and detained five or six,” he told the press.
However, Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun posted detailed information about the case on his Facebook page.
According to Mr Chamroeun, inmate Yem Bros, a serial robber, once served time in his prison before being transferred to Prey Veng, where he then colluded with deputy director Um Ra Yoeung.
Mr Ra Yoeung allegedly allowed Mr Bros to access Facebook to begin a relationship with a woman in Kandal province, collecting nude photos of her before threatening to publish them unless she paid him $5,000.
After making a couple of smaller payments, including $500 and $20, the woman filed a complaint to the Interior Ministry.
During questioning, Mr Bros supposedly confessed to the scheme and pointed the finger at Mr Ra Yoeung for allowing him to carry it out.