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ACU sting snares Brit, court official

ACU sting snares Brit, court official

Four people, including a British man and a military court clerk, were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit and military police in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Saturday, accused of corrupt land dealings in Sen Sok district and money laundering.

Colonel Kheng Tito, National Military Police spokesman, said police arrested the four men at the Café Mondulkiri I in Daun Penh district’s Boeung Raing commune at about 10am and questioned them at length, before releasing one, a military court deputy prosecutor.

“The military court’s deputy prosecutor was not involved with the activities of the other three suspects, so he was released on Saturday afternoon,” Tito said.

Although cleared of wrongdoing, the deputy prosecutor, identified as Major General Men Hong, had rented his luxury car to the British man alleged to have been involved in illegal activity, Tito said.

The deputy prosecutor’s son – a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldier and military court clerk – and two others, including the British man, remained in custody yesterday. Police would not release their names.

A senior official at the Phnom Penh municipal military police, whose officials assisted in arresting the men, said the corruption and money laundering accusations against the Cambodian men were related to land.

“They’re accused of taking a military unit’s land in Sen Sok district to build apartments to sell last year,” said the official, who did not want to be named.

“They’ve also made a lot of money from moving state buildings from Chamkarmon district to Sen Sok. The British man was arrested related to money laundering.”

Kheang Seng, a senior official at the Anti-Corruption Unit, said he was not involved in the case and declined to comment.

“I can’t make any comment about this case now,” he said, Senior Minister Om Yentieng, president of the Anti-Corruption Unit, and a representative of the British Embassy could not be reached.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]

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