Two former economic crime officers with the Interior Ministry were convicted of extortion yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court and sentenced to two years in prison each.
However, they will only serve 10 months each, with the rest of their sentences suspended.
Judge Bun Thy identified the two men as Huy Hoeun, 38, former deputy chief in the intellectual property section of the anti-economic crime department, and Em Kosal, 40, a former police officer working in the same department.
They were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit on March 23 and charged with “misappropriation of public funds.”
According to an ACU report, the two men extorted companies and individuals in Phnom Penh at about 100 locations between 2016 and 2017. They demanded monthly or annual bribes, ranging from $5 to $1,000.
Owners of some of the companies later filed complaints to the ACU, leading to the arrests.