Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ex-land director gets seven years in prison



Ex-land director gets seven years in prison

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Nuon Pok, the former director of the Preah Sihanouk provincial land management department. Photo supplied

Ex-land director gets seven years in prison

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Nuon Pok, the former director of the Preah Sihanouk provincial Department of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction to seven years in prison and fined him 100 million riel ($25,000) for abuse of power and other corruption charges.

The court also seized three plots of his land for state property.

Pok was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on March 1 at his house in Preah Sihanouk province and sent to the court on March 4.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Kuch Kimlong told The Post on November 18 the court decided to charge Pok on November 17 with abusing power, exploiting natural resources and providing and using fake documents.

“The accused has the right to file an appeal in the case if he is unsatisfied with this ruling,” he said.

Pok, 45, held the position of the director of the provincial land management department from 2016 to 2018.

According to an ACU report, the arrest came after the unit received complaints from victims accusing Pok of charging unlawful service fees. He allegedly charged $1,600 per land title and $1,000 to transfer ownership rights.

Pok was also accused of paying a bribe to get his position. During his tenure, he allegedly requested the removal of subordinate officials for no apparent reason. He denied all the allegations during questioning by the ACU.

Rights group Adhoc spokesman Soeng Sen Karuna applauded the court’s actions and said he wanted to see more measured taken against other corrupt officials who have committed illegal acts.

“[The courts] should investigate and research the case and take appropriate measures because it is something people and civil society organisations want to see,” he said.

Sen Karuna said the measures taken against the former official boost public trust and faith in law enforcement and government officials.

Pok is not the only official to go down recently. On February 27, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court also sentenced Pursat provincial land management department director Liem Bunroeun, his deputy and another official to eight years in prison for abusing power and misappropriating funds.

The three officials were apprehended by the ACU in July last year in Pursat province.

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there