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Ministry official under scrutiny

Svay Rieng Provincial Court officials are investigating an employee of the Ministry of Interior who is accused of fraudulently selling his land to someone and not honouring the deal.

Ros Sithan, a logistics department officer at the ministry, was arrested on the evening of September 28, according to the court.

“The suspect is detained in the provincial prison, and the court judge is working on the case,” Bich Chhoeun, president of the provincial court, said yesterday.

Sithan had allegedly offered to sell an acquaintance 100 hectares of land in Romeas Hek district, and after the money changed hands, reneged on the deal, according to a report from the media outlet CEN.

Investigating Judge Ham Meng Se confirmed that he is looking into the case, but declined to comment further.

“We charged him with fraud and he is detained in the prison,” he said.

Kirt Chantharith, a spokesman for the national police, said he was not aware of the case and referred questions to the Svay Rieng provincial police chief, who declined to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: May Titthara at titthara.may@phnompenhpost.com

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