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District Military Police chief from Stung Treng freed

District Military Police chief from Stung Treng freed

Major Chorn Samorn, the former chief of the Siem Bok district Military Police in Stung Treng province, who was imprisoned on August 18 for illegally possessing, selling, buying and distributing explosives and ammunitions, was released on September 18.

National Military Police commander General Sao Sokha recently ordered an ad hoc committee to investigate the suspension and arrest of Samorn.

The letter signed by Stung Treng provincial prison chief Chhun Dara on September 18 and obtained by The Post on Sunday, said the Stung Treng provincial prison released Samorn, following a verdict by the provincial court.

Stung Treng provincial court spokesman Chhum Seanghak said Samorn’s release was under the authority of the investigating judge. He declined to comment further.

Military Police spokesman Brigadier General Eng Hy wrote on his Facebook on Sunday saying that an ad hoc committee was still investigating the suspension and arrest of Samorn.

On August 17, Samorn’s wife Buth Kanha wrote a letter to seek intervention from General Sao Sokha to help seek justice for her husband.

She said, in 2015, her husband was removed and put on standby at the provincial military police headquarters for an accusation that he failed to respect orders.

She said that later, her husband was sent to the border area in Siem Pang district where he distributed bullets to fellow military police officers.

However, the provincial Military Police chief accused him of illegally selling bullets and punished him to standby at the Military Police base for almost five years.

The same letter said Samorn disobeyed orders from Stung Treng provincial military police commander Ieng Vandy. This made Vandy angry and he ordered his forces to arrest Samorn and detain him for two nights.

Vandy could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

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