Man held for hijacking police radio frequencies

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Police display some of the seized radio equipment yesterday in Phnom Penh. Supplied

A man was arrested in Phnom Penh on Sunday for illegally selling walkie-talkies and high-jacking police frequencies.

Director of the Interior Ministry’s Radio Communication Department Min Sovanna held a press conference yesterday in which he described the suspect, Hut Phannith, 50, as a threat to national security.

Mr Phannith was arrested at his house, in which he sold walkie-talkies without a license. Police seized equipment including four computers and seven walkie-talkies.

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The suspect tried to convince authorities he was hired by military police officials to monitor police frequencies. A quick investigation showed that was not true.

“He installed an illegal antenna pole which covers Phnom Penh and allows him to access police networks,” Mr Sovanna said. “This affects our security.”

Mr Sovanna added the suspect sometimes made animal noises into police radios when they were chasing criminals.

Mr Phannit had been engaging in these activities for two years before he was arrested.

The illegal use of police networks carries a sentence of up to five years in jail.

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But according to Mr Sovanna, the suspect faces longer imprisonment, because he disturbed police work for a long time and stole access codes to police radios as well.

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