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Jobless man detained after impersonating, insulting police online

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The suspect from village V, commune IV, in Preah Sihanouk province has been arrested for wearing a military police uniform and insulting the police on Facebook and placed in custody for questioning. Police

Jobless man detained after impersonating, insulting police online

A jobless man has been arrested for wearing a military police uniform and insulting the police on Facebook, Preah Sihanouk provincial Military Police commander Heng Bunty said on Thursday.

The male suspect from village V, commune IV, in Preah Sihanouk province has been placed in custody for questioning.

Using his “Sambath Pasomaly” Facebook account, the suspect posted a comment claiming the military police is stronger than the police who always ask for money.

“He claimed that the police cannot work well, yet the National Military Police can work very well,” said Eng Hy, National Military Police spokesman, on Facebook.

Hy told The Post on Thursday that military police detained the suspect on September 18 shortly after he posted the insults on Facebook.

“The insults from the suspect effects not only police unity but also National Military Police unity. We also discovered the suspect posted a picture of himself wearing a military police uniform on his Facebook account.

“It misled the public to consider him a military policeman, which could negatively affect the unity of the police and military police,” said Hy.

Hy said all citizens have the freedom of expression, but they cannot abuse it to negatively affect other people’s reputations and rights. Otherwise, they will be held accountable because they have broken the law.

“The suspect has no right to wear a military police uniform and post his picture with an insulting caption that negatively affects the military police’s reputation. So, his action is illegal. We would like to urge fellow citizens not to follow this action because it is unlawful,” said Hy.

He said that since military police officials are still questioning the suspect, he is yet to be charged in court.

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