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Disgraced National Police general gets 18 months for breach of lockdown

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Ung Chanthouk (centre), 45, fomer deputy chief of staff at the National Police, was arrested along with two other men at his home in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district while drinking, singing and playing with powder with the tenants of his rental rooms. FN

Disgraced National Police general gets 18 months for breach of lockdown

Ung Chanthouk – the former two-star National Police general who was arrested in Phnom Penh along with two accomplices for violating the government-imposed lockdown order amid the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19 – has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Chanthouk's accomplices each received one year, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Kuch Kimlong.

“Each of them was also ordered to pay a fine of five million riel [$1,250]," he said.

The trio were caught drinking, singing and playing with powder with the tenants of his rented rooms – mostly garment factory workers – in Meanchey district on April 16.

Following his arrest, Chanthuok was striped of his rank and dismissed from the National Police and then charged under articles 3, 4 and 11 of the law on the control of Covid-19 and other contagious diseases.

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