The three-star general who slapped a female singer at Boeung Meas Restaurant in Chroy Changvar commune in Phnom Penh last Wednesday has been identified as Lieutenant General Pol Sinuon, a deputy commander of the Army, Army Headquarters spokesman Mao Phalla said on Sunday.
On the night of the incident, Yin Srey Pov, a singer at the restaurant, was slapped twice by a man who claimed he was a three-star general and drove a car with RCAF number plates after she refused to sleep with him.
Srey Pov is said to be a niece of Prum Manh, a prominent veteran artist in Cambodia.
Chhum Socheat, the spokesman of the Ministry of National Defence, had called Sinuon’s actions as “immoral” and a disgrace to the image and dignity of armed forces servicemen.
Earlier, the Ministry of National Defence had ordered technical officials under the supervision of the ministry to investigate the matter immediately to force the person to come forward and take responsibility for his actions against the victim.
Phalla told The Post the case has already been investigated and Sinuon has agreed to pay compensation to the victim.
“This case has already been resolved on March 1, and the assailant has agreed to pay $8,000 in compensation to signer Yin Srey Pov after a discussion at the Phnom Penh Military Police’s Department of Justice,” he said.
Meanwhile, Heng Long, the president of the Khmer Artist Association, wrote on his Facebook that the party who slapped the singer had agreed to pay compensation and added that “justice really exists”.
When contacted on Sunday, Sinuon told The Post that he did not remember anything on the night of the incident and he also didn’t want to elaborate any further.
“I really don’t need to clarify anything. What is important is that I can perform my work as usual now.”