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Mines staffer called in for questioning

Mines staffer called in for questioning

The Anti-Corruption Unit yesterday confirmed that it was questioning a mines and energy official from Preah Vihear province in a case relating to corruption.

ACU head Om Yentieng yesterday would only confirm that Kong Makara – director of Preah Vihear’s Department of Mines and Energy – was called in for questioning, refusing to divulge further details about the alleged corruption.

“I just know that he has been summoned. It is not about a mistress. It is a corruption case,” he said.

While Yentieng would not say whether Makara had been detained by the ACU, a provincial official reportedly told local media outlet Fresh News that Makara went in for questioning on November 1 and had not yet been released.

Sam Leang Ny, the former director of the department, said Makara had been called in by the ACU before over a case relating to a 2014 sale of state-owned land.

“The sale was about $70,000 or $80,000. He did not sell it. It was the head of the finance office who sold it, but he [Makara] approved the sale,” Leang Ny said.

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