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Arrest made over logger extortion

RCAF Captain Chheng Sokeng was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly extorting local loggers in Kampong Thom province
RCAF Captain Chheng Sokeng was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly extorting local loggers in Kampong Thom province. Fresh News

Arrest made over logger extortion

District Military Police in Kampong Thom’s Baray district on Wednesday arrested a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) captain for allegedly extorting local loggers.

Baray District Military Police Chief Khun Bunhuor said officials under his command arrested Captain Chheng Sokeng in Baray district’s Krava commune after receiving a warrant from the Kampong Thom Provincial Court
prosecutor.

“We arrested him on Wednesday around 7pm as he was driving his car; [we] confiscated a handgun and $2,600,” Bunhuor said.

Bunhuor said the suspect was a long-term Kampong Thom resident and that he “worked for the Ministry of Defence’s Investigative Department in Phnom Penh”.

Bunhuor declined to comment on how much money the suspect stands accused of extorting, his methods or how many people accused him of such activities.

Military Police are slated to bring the suspect to court today.

Kampong Thom Provincial Court Prosecutor Ith Sothea refused to elaborate, but reiterated that loggers had filed complaints to the court against the suspect.

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