Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ratanakkiri prison chief issues warning to staff

Ratanakkiri Provincial Prison in 2014.
Ratanakkiri Provincial Prison in 2014. Adhoc

Ratanakkiri prison chief issues warning to staff

Embattled Ratanakkiri prison director Tin Sovanny yesterday issued a warning – but no lawsuit – against staff members who have accused him of a slew of crimes, including having sex with an inmate, using prison land to build a house and using prison labour for personal gain.

Sovanny claims that the 32 prison staff who signed a complaint against him on December 6 were attempting to oust him and had not showed up for work.

“I have not decided to file a complaint against them yet. I want them to come back to the unit to fulfill their duties and give testimony about whether I have broken the law and violated prisoners’ rights,” Sovanny said yesterday.

He added that as he was in a position of responsibility, he did not want to “react aggressively”, but said he would file counter-complaints against the prison staffers if they did not return to work.

“If they come back to work, I will not file suit against them. But if they . . . continue to publicise falsehoods to cause chaos in the prison, I will use all legal means at my disposal to punish them.”

Sovanny has denied all of the allegations made against him by the group of prison officers. Following the complaint, the Interior Ministry dispatched an investigations team to the jail.

Uy Hoeun, deputy director General of the Department of Prisons, said the team had questioned prison department staff and police but had not concluded its probe.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc