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‘Police law’ in effect for busted duo

No charges will be pressed against a military police officer and a police officer from the Ministry of Interior who were arrested over the weekend while using methamphetamines, said the chief of the serious criminal police office, Chuon Narith.

San Sophal, a 33-year-old military police officer, and Cheng Theanith, a 29-year-old police officer for the Ministry of Interior’s scientific and technical department, were arrested on Saturday afternoon at the Chockey hotel in the capital’s Daun Penh district, the police chief said.

“They were arrested while they were using drugs in the hotel room,” he said yesterday, adding that police confiscated a small amount of methamphetamines during the arrest.

However, rather than be sent to court, the police chief said the two suspects will be “punished by their units by police laws”.

President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights Ou Virak said that decision was “nothing surprising”.

“It is pretty common and it is going to continue to happen regularly.” he said.

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

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