The manager of a KTV karaoke parlour in Koh Kong province will make her first court appearance today after being arrested for theft and defamation over a Facebook post accusing police of extorting $550 from her.
Kong Sopheak, a provincial police officer, identified the suspect as Chhin Sreyneang, 29, manager of the SR KTV Karaoke Shop in Keo Seima district.
Mr Sopheak said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday in Phnom Penh and later transferred back to Koh Kong.
According to police, the suspect stole $550 from her boss on August 15, and was arrested when the boss filed a complaint.
After her arrest, police confiscated the $550, returned it to the KTV boss, and freed the suspect, telling her to settle the issue outside the courts with her boss.
“But after letting her go, she did not go back to work at the shop or to settle the theft with her boss,” said Mr Sopheak. “She fled to Phnom Penh.”
“And on August 22, she defamed our police’s honour by writing messages on her personal Facebook account that police extorted $550 from her,” he added.
“Her messages were reviewed and liked by many people on Facebook, and seriously affected the police’s reputation because the truth is the money seized from her was handed back to its rightful owner. Police did not keep it.”
Ms Sreyneang faces six months to two years in prison if convicted.