Official linked to scandal demoted

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Keo Sotheary has lost her job as a director-general at the Religion Ministry. Supplied

A senior Religion Ministry official at the centre of corruption allegations in July has been removed from her position as director-general of administration and finance.

However, Keo Sotheary will remain as a ministry official, according to a royal decree issued late last month.

Ministry spokesman Sos Mossin said the change in Ms Sotheary’s position was part of government reforms to improve public work.

“The changes of civil servant positions is a normal thing,” he said. “Some can stay longer and some stay shorter according to their work performance. While in the ministry, some change from being chief of a department to a different department or deputy in the general department.”

Fresh News had cited an anonymous source saying that Ms Sotheary cut the payment of ministry department chiefs.

Mr Mossin said: “Regarding the case of Keo Sotheary as the local media alleged, it involved reform of the government. She caused dissatisfaction among the ministry leadership and officials.”

In July, Ms Sotheary was allegedly involved in a recruitment scheme in which she collected up to $5,000 from prospective civil servants looking to join the upper echelons of the ministry.

At the time, the ministry slammed the allegations as baseless and stemming from misunderstandings.

“The problem has existed from one minister to another and has been solved according to the principles of the ministry and the reform of the government,” Mr Mossin said.

The decree says Ms Sotheary is no longer director-general of the general department and becomes a ministry official holding no position.

Ms Sotheary could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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