Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Claims of graft in Kampot

Claims of graft in Kampot

Claims of graft in Kampot

Kampot's provincial police chief is under fire for allegations of corruption and nepotism made by his staff after he allegedly appointed family members to high-ranking positions in the local police force.

According to a Kampot police official, who refused to be named, police chief Thlang Phirin handpicked his brother Buth Mony and his daughter Rin Kanha to become Kampong Trach district’s police chief and Kampot provincial police’s deputy chief of the finance office, respectively.

Several Kampot province police officers have filed complaints, the official said.

“Some officers joined the police force a long time ago and they have never been promoted. I joined in 1992 and hold a bachelor’s degree yet I’m still a normal cop.”

Phirin confirmed yesterday that he appointed his brother and daughter to the positions.

However, he said the nepotistic allegations are baseless.

The appointments, he said, were based on the individuals’ capacity to perform the job.

“How is this nepotism? How is this corruption?” Phirin said. “These accusations are just from a partisan group in the provincial police.”

According to Phirin, he is not afraid of facing the law if found guilty of nepotism or corruption.

“I am chief but I cannot decide everything as I wish,” Phirin said. “We should let the investigators decide whether this is a [real] accusation or not.”


  • Thailand offers Covid-19 funding

    The Royal Embassy of Thailand contributed two million baht ($62,765) to Cambodia’s fight against Covid-19 on Wednesday, as the countries celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations. The donation was presented by Thailand’s Ambassador to Cambodia Panyarak Poolthup to Prime Minister Hun Sen at a meeting

  • Crowded prisons will set free 10,000 inmates

    Close to 10,000 prisoners will be freed as part of the country’s anti-prison overcrowding campaign, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng announced on Wednesday. The bulk of the inmates have mostly served their sentences and will continue to be monitored by local authorities after their release

  • Sanctuary head sued for not stopping forest occupations

    Four Bunong and an Adhoc official filed a joint lawsuit against Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary head Prum Vibol Ratanak at the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for failing to stop illegal land occupation and the buying and selling of forest land. Vibol Ratanak denies the allegations against

  • US and Cambodia talk cybersecurity ongoing assistance

    US Ambassador Patrick Murphy met with Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday to discuss bilateral collaboration including on issues of civil society organisations and democracy in Cambodia. But cybercrime seemed to be the prevailing topic at the meeting. Murphy posted on Twitter: “Productive meeting

  • UN: Don’t let patent rows hamper virus vaccine

    The UN patent agency has hailed the push to create a coronavirus vaccine and make it globally available but warned against allowing copyright rows to overshadow and delay the process. “What we need in the first place here is innovation,” said Francis Gurry, the head

  • ‘Be vigilant on human trafficking’

    Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday urged provincial authorities along the border to remain vigilant against the transportation of Cambodian migrant workers into Thailand. Speaking during an annual meeting of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), he said despite the closure of the