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No work, no pay: Six ‘ghost’ cops fired in clean up

Banteay Meanchey authorities have fired six police officers after they stopped turning up at work.

Speaking yesterday, provincial police chief Art Khem said Bun Vy, Khun Chhay Yar, Chan Bunnavoath, Ros Sathea, Lim Vira and Tep Kimleab were dismissed from their posts as of this week after failing to fulfill their obligations as National Police officers.

“They dropped their work, so we requested permission to fire them,” he said, adding the request to dismiss the group was made late last year.

“Their salary will be sent back to their superiors.”

San Chey, of accountability advocacy group ANSA-EAP, said police officers often shunned official duties to moonlight in other sectors.

However, he called for an independent investigation into the Banteay Meanchey officers’ dismissal, to ensure it wasn’t political or personal, and recommended the Interior Ministry conduct annual performance reviews.

According to the Interior Ministry, there are more than 50,000 National Police officers. Last year, 3,978 recruits joined, 1,241 officers retired and 376 died.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said any officers disregarding their duties would be fired and stripped of their salary.

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