Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials jailed over passport

Officials jailed over passport

Officials jailed over passport

Two police officials and a Bangladeshi national were sentenced to between three and five years in prison on Friday over charges of producing a fake passport last year. 

Presiding Judge of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Duch Kinsorn, identified the offenders on Friday as 58-year-old Phnom Penh Police Officer Seng Phirun, Deputy Chief of the Passport Police Office at the Ministry of Interior’s Passport Department Ky Sam Ath 43, and Sid Dik, 36, a Bangladeshi national.

He said that Sid Dik was arrested on May 14 of last year at his rented home in the Stung Meanchey commune in the capital’s Meanchey district.

The arrest was made after a complaint was filed by the victim, a 35-year old Bangladeshi national, Na Simorn.

He alleged that he had paid US$2,500 for a passport that was counterfeit.

Ky Sam Ath and Seng Phirun were arrested in June 2010 at their homes in Chaktomuk commune, Daun Penh district, following a testimony of Bangladeshi national Sid Dik that implicated them in the crime.

“Seng Phirum is the mastermind of this crime.

“Therefore, the court decided to sentence him to five years in jail for masterminding the production of the fake passport.

“Ky Sam Ath and Sid Dik are jailed with three years imprisonment each as accomplices,” said the presiding judge Duch Kinsorn.

In addition he ordered the three convicted men jointly pay Na Simorn US$2,500 for the cost of the fake passport as well as an additional 10 million riel (approximately $2,500)  in compensation.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • 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