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Jailbreak: Officer faces charges over trio’s escape

Jailbreak: Officer faces charges over trio’s escape

A police officer was arrested yesterday over the escape of three accused drug dealers from what should have been a closely guarded jail cell, police said.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police deputy chief Pen Rath said Cheth Khemara, an officer at the Anti-Drug Police Office, was detained after failing to guard the men who broke out of one of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police’s holding cells on Tuesday night.

“He was arrested because he had been careless and allowed them to break out of the cell and escape,” Pen Rath said.

Cheth Khemara would face more questioning so police could determine if he had deliberately allowed the three men to escape, Pen Rath said.

“If he intentionally released them, that is a serious case, and he will be strongly punished by the law,” he said. “If it was just carelessness, he will be punished by police rules.”

The three men were arrested on Monday after police seized three grams of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia in Daun Penh district.

The suspects were charged on Tuesday with drug trafficking and were to be transferred to Prey Sar prison yesterday morning. “We are working hard to re-arrest them and hope to catch them soon,” Pen Rath said.

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