Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry sends team to investigate claims

Ministry sends team to investigate claims

Ministry sends team to investigate claims

The Ministry of Interior has sent five inspectors to Kampong Thom province to investigate accusations by several police officials in a letter to Minister Sar Kheng that the provincial police chief and two others were selling promotions.

National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said investigators from the ministry had been assigned to look into allegations that provincial police chief Chou Sam On and two others had demanded between $500 and $3,000 for promotions – depending on rank – and $5,000 to $7,000 to become a police officer in the first place. The six officers specifically identified 12 allegedly suspect promotions.

“The inspectors will investigate whether the accusation is true or not,” Chantharith said.

Say Nora, spokesman for the provincial court prosecutor, said that the case has not yet been sent to court, but the “inspectors of [the ministry are] checking the case”.

Provincial police chief Sam On – who has decried the allegations as a plot fabricated by his deputies to oust him – said the five inspectors from the ministry’s human resources department started their assignment yesterday morning.

“They have met with all provincial deputy police chiefs to put questions about the accusation,” he said.

“I will file a complaint to the court against the six officers . . . The 12 [officers accused of having bought their promotions] also filed a complaint against the six,” he said.

Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak declined to comment. “Let them do their job first.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from

  • Sihanoukville authorities find 83 rubbish-packed containers

    Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday. The origin of the containers has yet to be ascertained, Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said. Pheaktra, who is also the ministry’s secretary of state,

  • ‘Cambodia Democracy Act’ passed by US House

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by th US president, the bill would allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking