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Battambang provincial police chief Sar Thet has denied dodging import duties on luxury cars. Supplied

Battambang provincial police chief Sar Thet has denied an allegation that he imported luxury cars without paying customs duty, and says he will take legal action against the person who posted the claim on Facebook.

The denial, posted on the Battambang provincial police page yesterday, said an account in the name of Chea Meng posted a picture of Mr Thet and accused him of cooperating with the Heng Huy Auto company to import 20 to 30 luxury cars per day without paying duty.

The post in the name of Chea Meng said thousands of dollars was lost in state tax per day and that Mr Thet would be removed from his position.

Mr Thet denied the allegation and asked the Facebook account holder to provide evidence to police.

“On behalf of the provincial police station, we completely deny all accusations in the Facebook page of Chea Meng and other media,” the Facebook statement read.

“On behalf of the Battambang police commissariat, we reserve the right to seek legal justice.

“The accusation without enough evidence is a deliberate iniquity which seriously affects the honour and dignity of the person and police unit.”

Meanwhile, another Facebook user named Khan Sovan accused Mr Thet of being the kind of official who destroys votes and the beliefs of citizens and who had to be removed.

The provincial police quick reaction team said these accusations were unacceptable and baseless.

“It is an accusation without foundation in fact and with no evidence. It is an evaluation based on personal feelings only,” the police team said.

It said the accusation affected the honour of the police chief who had served the citizens in Battambang province.

“The provincial police commissariat will seek justice through the law for this accusation,” it added.

Chet Vanny, Battambang provincial deputy police chief, said yesterday that they were working on the matter and declined to comment further.

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