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Prisoner Meas Samnang, 47, escaped Prey Veng detention center last month,
Prisoner Meas Samnang, 47, escaped Prey Veng detention center last month, Photo supplied

Police search for prison escapee

Police are searching for a Kampot Provincial Prison inmate who has been on the loose since Sunday, two days after authorities in Prey Veng province rearrested another prisoner who had escaped.

Kampot Provincial Prison Director Em Bo said police were looking for inmate Choar Chor, 56, who was imprisoned two months ago on drug charges. According to Bo, Chor had been in the provincial hospital for two weeks before he snuck out on Sunday afternoon.

“This is the carelessness of our officials,” Bo said. “After this, we will strengthen the discipline and keep it as a lesson for other officials.”

Meanwhile, Pursat Provincial Police were given a $1,000 reward on Monday for capturing an inmate who fled from Prey Veng Provincial Prison two weeks ago. Prison Director Chuon Sarim said the provincial police had arrested inmate Meas Samnang, 47, last Friday.

Interior Ministry General Department of Prisons spokesman Som Keo said the department would discipline prison officials found to be shirking their duties.

“We will take action through the administration when they break discipline,” he said.

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