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‘Crank caller’ collared by Phnom Penh police

An alleged crank has been thrown in the clink, accused of making a series of pestering phone calls to high-ranking officials and business people, National Military Police officials said yesterday.

Colonel Kheng Tito, National Military Police spokesman, said Nuth No, 23, had sometimes posed as a police officer while harassing well-known figures, who had repeatedly told him he had the wrong number.

“He had been bothering a number of people, especially high-ranking government officials and businesspeople,” he said. “He was charged with fraud and telephoning to disturb people.”

A military police official who asked not be named told the Post that the suspect was arrested in the capital’s Prampei Makara district last Wednesday after dozens of complaints about crank calls.

“Although they told him his numbers were wrong, he still disturbed them. He has also threatened and claimed that he was the police,” he said. “Sometimes he has telephoned with them until they turned off their phones.”

No could not be reached yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at reaksmeykongkea.buth@phnompenhpost.com

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