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Kandal police chief moved amid allegations of corruption

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Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun was appointed deputy director of the drugs department. Photo supplied

Kandal police chief moved amid allegations of corruption

Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun has been moved to a new position amid allegations that he took bribes and engaged in other forms of corruption and immoral behaviour.

In May, an official under Chamroeun’s authority submitted an anonymous complaint requesting his resignation. The complaint accused Chamroeun of abusing his power, taking bribes and partially withholding subordinates’ salaries, among other unethical activities.

Upon receiving the complaint, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng warned Chamroeun to change his ways or face punishment.

In a sub-decree signed by Sar Kheng on January 23, Chamroeun was appointed deputy director of the drugs department. Chhoeun Sochet, previously Chamroeun’s deputy, was promoted to police chief, thus replacing Chamroeun.

Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told The Post on Tuesday that the move was not related to accusations against the police chief. Chamroeun’s transfer, he claimed, was a promotion, not a punishment.

“The transfer has nothing to do with [Sar Kheng’s] warning. The provincial police chief corrected his mistakes after the warning and continued with his work as police chief. The transfer is more of a promotion, and encouragement.”

Sochet, who will soon be sworn in as the new police chief, said: “We will do our utmost to serve the people and follow Sar Kheng’s leadership. We will work hard to prevent criminal activity and protect the public.”

Chamroeun, who served as police chief for 10 years, told The Post he had mixed feelings about the transfer but declined to comment on why he was removed from his position as police chief.

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