Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cop denies graft claim after ACU clears him

Cop denies graft claim after ACU clears him

In the wake of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) clearing him of any wrongdoing, a Phnom Penh commune police chief yesterday refuted allegations that he had accepted protection pay-offs from neighbourhood drug dealers.

Phorn Aun is police chief in Chamkarmon district’s Tumnop Teuk commune. Aun said yesterday he suspects he knows who told the ACU that he was accepting $500-a-month bribes to turn a blind eye to drug dealing. But, since he has no evidence and the ACU will not reveal the origin of the complaint to him, he will not confront them.

“We just need to keep calm and one day it will all come out,” said Aun.

A statement dated March 17 and released by the ACU on Facebook yesterday said an investigation had concluded there was no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing by Aun.

According to the statement, the alleged bribe-givers were three individuals named Di, Da and Bos, who investigators found unlikely to have mustered $500 with which to pay Aun each month.

“Di and Da are poor villagers living in a slum on Street 209 in Tumnop Teuk commune, while Bos does not have a home in the area,” the statement read.

Moreover, the investigation found Aun’s track record as commune police chief not to be indicative of graft.

“In the past, Tumnop Teuk’s commune police chief always intercepted crimes, including arresting suspects involved in drug cases,” the statement said.

ACU chief Om Yentieng was not reachable for comment yesterday.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Explore the durian and rubber farms of Kampong Cham

Take a drive north of Kampong Cham, past the dirt roads and the dense greenery.

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking