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‘Colluding’ police officer sent to Tbong Khmum court

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Ya Sophal, a police official in Tbong Khmum province, was arrested and sent to provincial court on December 18. Fresh News

‘Colluding’ police officer sent to Tbong Khmum court

A police officer accused of colluding with illegal loggers and violently attacking a fellow officer was sent to Tbong Khmum provincial court for further action, a judicial police official said on Tuesday.

Border police officer Ya Sophal was arrested on Sunday by Tbong Khmum provincial police after assaulting a fellow police officer while intercepting two trucks hauling timber near the Cambodia-Vietnam border on Saturday.

Sophal showed up during the operation, insulted and then punched police official Chen Sophat in the mouth. He faces a maximum three-month prison sentence and a 500,000 riel ($125) fine if convicted.

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