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Kandal police officers questioned over graft allegations against chief

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Six deputy police chiefs in Kandal province were questioned in relation to anonymous complaints filed against provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun (pictured) accusing him of, among other things, bribery and taking 50 per cent of their allowance. SUPPLIED

Kandal police officers questioned over graft allegations against chief

Six deputy police chiefs in Kandal province were questioned on Tuesday at the Ministry of Interior in relation to anonymous complaints against the provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun, accusing him of 16 cases ranging from corruption to nepotism.

The six deputy police chiefs included Roeun Nara, Ven Sovin, Chan Savoeun, Tob Sovann, Seng Kim Khorn, and Chhoeun Socheth. Each of them was questioned for an hour.

The clarification from the deputy police chief came following complaints filed by about fifty anonymous persons claimed to be the police officials under Chamroeun’s command.

They said Chamroeun had taken 50 per cent of their allowance, occupied vehicles confiscated from crimes, and taken bribes of between $2.000 and $3.000 in exchange for positions.

They also accused Chamroeun of taking a monthly racketeering fee at cockfighting rings and internet gambling and having appointed his relatives at the Cambodia-Vietnam border-crossing office.

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Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun has been accused of 16 cases ranging from corruption to nepotism. Photo supplied

Roeun Nara, one of the six who were questioned said on Tuesday that he could not detail what he was asked because the case was in the process of further investigation.

He said he did not know who had filed complaints against his boss because the anonymous complainants only submitted thumbprints.

Chamroeun said on Tuesday that he was unaware of those who filed complaints against him and that the investigation by the Ministry of Interior had started on May 8 by a working team of inspectors.

However, he said he was not summoned by the ministry for questioning.

“It is at the investigation stage by a team of inspectors, and I cannot provide details. Let’s wait for the results of the investigation,” Chamroeun said.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak on Tuesday said he did not have information on the case.

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