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Local officials charged over selling seized land

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The commune and village chiefs are accused of selling the land without court permission. Supplied

Three people, including a CNRP commune chief and a CPP village chief, have been charged with illegally selling a house and land which had been seized by Kampong Thom Provincial Court.

Balang commune chief Sok Chenda, 48, and Trosh village chief Un Heng, 56, were accused along with businesswoman Chea Sivnai, 42.

Provincial police officer Kong Vuthy said: “They were charged by the provincial court prosecutor with being accomplices to embezzlement of items seized or pledged.

“They face from a month to a year each in jail and a fine of up to two million riel ($250).”

He said Mr Heng and Ms Sivnai were arrested on Friday after the investigating judge at the provincial court issued warrants.

Mr Chenda is at large but a warrant for his arrest has also been issued and police are trying to track him down.

Court documents say the three sold a plot of land and house  which had belonged to a villager and was the subject of a court case.

Mr Vuthy said the property had been seized by the court, but the suspects sold the property without court approval.

Ms Sivnai allegedly prepared land sale documents for the village and commune chiefs to sign. Both chiefs signed and stamped the sales documents.

The house and land were sold to a third party without the court’s agreement. Presiding judge Khuon Sakal could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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