Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Elderly man claims cop detained, extorted him

Elderly man claims cop detained, extorted him

Elderly man claims cop detained, extorted him

Kandal provincial police are investigating the case of a Ponhea Loeu district police chief who was accused of detaining an elderly man, then extorting money from him in exchange for his release, authorities say.

Brigadier General Eav Chamroeun, the chief of Kandal provincial police, said Thlang Phinra, chief of Ponhea Loeu district police, was accused of arresting Seav Phoeuk, 78, for illegal gambling on May 6, then letting him go three days later after reportedly soliciting a US$1,100 bribe for his release.

“We have already sent our provincial police experts to investigate these accusations,” said Eav Chamroeun said.

Seav Phoeuk said he had been arrested when authorities raided a dice game in Brork Kdar village, in Ponhea Loeu district’s Vihear Luong commune.

He was detained for two days and three nights at the Ponhea Loeu district police station, where he was initially asked to pay police $1,800.

Eventually, he was released after paying $1,100 to Thlang Phinra.

Under Cambodian law, illegal detention for a period greater than 48 hours and less than a month carries a punishment of three to five years in jail.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all