Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang senior police official probed over malfeasance

Battambang senior police official probed over malfeasance

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Battambang provincial police are investigating allegations that the police chief of Sangke district had conspired to commit corruption. POLICE

Battambang senior police official probed over malfeasance

Battambang provincial police are investigating allegations that the police chief of Sangke district had conspired to commit corruption.

The accusations against the police chief, Sun Sovann, were detailed in an anonymous letter sent to provincial police chief Sat Kimsan and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.

Kimsan said on October 26 that he had assigned officials to launch the probe.

The letter accuses Sovann and his deputy chief of staff Heang Yong Hong of corruption and partisanship.

“Sangke district police chief Sun Sovann and deputy chief of staff Heang Yong Hong conspired to commit corruption, partisanship, and extort money from subordinates. They let inactive officials, who do not come to work, to receive a salary and clear flooded forest land in three areas of the Kampong Prieng commune to claim as their own,” the letter said.

It said such behaviour has troubled some officials in the unit, leading to a lack of discipline.

The same letter mentioned eight officials who they said had been inactive but whose names always appear on the daily roster and payroll.

Five other officials were also accused of misconduct in the letter, which alleged that Sovann and Yong Hong had conspired to change their roles from one department to another without the consent of section leaders and not in accordance with decisions by the management.

Reached for comment, Sovann rejected the accusation. But he declined to comment further, saying he would leave it up to his superiors to resolve the case.

He said the provincial police chief requested people mentioned in the accusations to come forward for questioning but had bared no result as yet.

“I do not know how to explain it. If we are slandered, let the leaders conduct an investigation. My provincial police chief has already asked my subordinates who are involved for questioning, but I do not know the results yet,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia to waive quarantine requirements Nov 15, no PCR test required

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to lift all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and visitors – both Cambodians and foreign nationals – effective from November 15 onward. In a special message addressed to officials and relevant authorities on November 14, Hun Sen said this policy will enable

  • PM: No more quarantine for vaccinated travellers

    Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway or land border checkpoints effective from November 15. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration