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Ex-military general expelled from RCAF for smuggling foreigners amid travel ban

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The two-star military general who was detained for transporting nearly 30 Chinese nationals in violation of the government-imposed lockdown and inter-provincial travel ban has been dismissed from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF). Photo supplied

Ex-military general expelled from RCAF for smuggling foreigners amid travel ban

The two-star military general who was detained for transporting nearly 30 Chinese nationals in violation of the government-imposed lockdown and inter-provincial travel ban has been dismissed from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF).

Former RCAF lieutenant general Sum Pov, who served as the deputy chief of the Military Strategy Research Team of the army's infantry, was arrested on April 21 along with five other accomplices while smuggling 28 Chinese nationals from Phnom Penh to Svay Rieng.

Before his arrest, Pov had received a mission letter from his superior authorising him to travel through the capital and province from April 1 to May 30.

After receiving the letter, Pov facilitated the smuggling but they were intercepted by Svay Rieng provincial police.

Neth Saroeun, head of the provincial police's anti-human trafficking bureau, confirmed to The Post that the former lieutenant general and his accomplices were sent to court on the afternoon of April 23.

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