Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kampong Cham Red Cross official arrested over corruption allegations




Kampong Cham Red Cross official arrested over corruption allegations

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Meas Sam Oeun, 34, deputy director of the Kampong Cham provincial Red Cross, was arrested on Thursday in Preah Vihear province for allegedly defrauding the organisation. Fresh News.

Kampong Cham Red Cross official arrested over corruption allegations

The deputy director of the Red Cross in Kampong Cham is in pre-trial detention facing charges for allegedly falsifying documents in order to defraud the organisation.

Yin Chamnan, police chief in Preah Vihear province, said Meas Sam Oeun, 34, was arrested on Thursday and transferred to police in Kampong Cham immediately after.

He wasn’t able to specify the amount of money involved in the alleged fraud, saying only it was in the “many thousands of dollars”.

The Kampong Cham Provincial Court issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to show up in court on multiple occasions and fled to Preah Vihear province, Chamnan said. According to a copy of his arrest warrant, Sam Oeun was charged with “infringing on the particular trust by the governor and falsifying public documents”.

“The suspect came to live in my province about five months [ago] and refused to comment on the case [involving] the Kampong Cham Red Cross,” Chamnan said.

Heng Vuthy, deputy police chief in Kampong Cham province, also couldn’t specify the amount of money involved in the case, but claimed Sam Oeun was not acting alone.

“We . . . sent [him] to the court on [Friday],” he said.

Vuthy said Sam Oeun had a gun with him at the time of his arrest, along with some 200 bullets.

Hout Vuthy, prosecutor at Kampong Cham Provincial Court, confirmed the court had sent Sam Oeun to pre-trial detention but declined to provide other details.

Uy Sam Ath, director of the Disaster Management Department of the Cambodian Red Cross, said he only became aware of the case through local media reports and could not comment further.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped

  • Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

    The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • Influenza breaks out in eight provinces

    Nearly 600 people have been infected with influenza in eight provinces in the past month, Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said. The ministry is advising extreme caution. A report released by Vandine on Saturday said the Ministry of Health observed transmissions of influenza between August 15

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,