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Official summonsed for ‘pocketing raises’

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has summonsed Kampong Thom provincial police accounting official Chem Leakhena for questioning related to allegations that he had pocketed more than 30 million riel (about $7,500) in pay raises intended for promoted officers, according to a letter obtained on Saturday.

The summons comes just days after Sun Chanthy, a Kampong Thom provincial councillor with the Cambodia National Rescue Party, filed a letter to the Ministry of Interior and Anti-Corruption Unit calling on them to investigate reports of corruption in the province.

The letter, however, was still inadequate, Chanthy said, because it didn’t account for wronged officers’ losses, and indicated that only administrative – not legal – action was being taken.

Kampong Thom Provincial Police Chief Chou Sam An said yesterday that Leakhena had already been sent to Phnom Penh, and wondered aloud as to what connections the deputy accounting chief had, given that he had already been warned three times about alleged corrupt practices.



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