General cleared in ACU land sale investigation

General cleared in ACU land sale investigation

The Anti-Corruption Unit has cleared a one-star general of selling land belonging to his military base in Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan district. According to the ruling, Preah Vihear provincial commander General Soam Bopharath was not involved in selling land in military zones Choam Srongarm and Anh Ses near the Thai border.

The verdict, delivered on Wednesday, comes almost two years after Bopharath’s own troops accused him of selling the unit’s land. Following an investigation, the ACU declared that although a 40m x 80m plot of land in Choam Srongarm was sold for $12,000 in 2006, it belonged to Lieutenant General Chea Morn, the military commander of the fourth region, and not to the base.

Further, the ACU added that Morn had used proceeds of the sale to improve the base, pointing to an expanded meeting hall, new administration building and warehouse and upgraded facilities. Meanwhile, the investigation found the unit did not own any land in Anh Ses. .

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