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Jail time threat over disclosure of CNRP assets

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Former CNRP officials must declare their assests or face punishment. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday told former members of the CNRP to declare their assets as required by law or face possible jail time.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Unit said nearly 300 former CNRP members have already declared assets and debts.

Anti-Corruption Law stipulates that public officials have to file reports at the beginning and middle of their terms and 30 days before leaving office. If it is not possible, they must do so within 30 days after leaving.

“Before you take up the position, you have to declare your assets. And when leaving from the position, it is required to declare again,” Mr Hun Sen said yesterday.

“If you have more money than you were being paid, then where did it come from? If you have not yet completed this obligation, I would like to inform you that you may face imprisonment.”

Cheng Bun Kheang, chief of the asset declaration department at the ACU, said as of Saturday, 293 former members of the CNRP had already declared assets and liabilities, including 33 former lawmakers, three former NEC members and 257 council members of provinces, districts and communes.

“The department encourages all those who are obliged to please come to fulfil their obligations within 30 days of losing their positions,” he said.

Last week, the ACU issued a notice requiring all lawmakers and council members of provinces, districts and communes who lost their positions following the CNRP’s dissolution to declare their assets and debts within 30 days in accordance with the Anti-Corruption Law.

According to the Anti-Corruption Law, punishment for failing to follow the procedures ranges from one month to one year in jail.

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