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Mondulkiri governor ‘involved’ in illegal titles for dozens of hectares

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Vathana Sabung claims to have found that many authority officials have sold state land. Facebook

Mondulkiri governor ‘involved’ in illegal titles for dozens of hectares

A member of the Supreme Council for Consultation and Recommendations on Friday accused the governor of O’Raing district in Mondulkiri province of allegedly producing illegal titles to sell dozens of hectares of state land.

Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung said in a Facebook post that governor Siek Mony and several subordinates have illegally sold dozens of hectares of state land.

He said a thorough investigation has shown that the governor and his more than 10 accomplices have manufactured land titles and allegedly sold hundreds of hectares of state land worth millions of dollars.

Vathana Sabung said the documents were stamped but bore no date.

He named some of the officials allegedly involved in the crime as Khat Sak, the commander of military sub-region operations in the province; Sok Sovannarith, deputy chief of the O’Raing district administrative hall; Yean Sok, the chief of the district administrative hall; Saly Por, a district hall official; and Nget Bunthoeurn, an official at the provincial prison.

He accused Mony of ordering his subordinates to sign and stamp the documents. He said the officials collaborated with village and district chiefs to carry out the forgery.

Vathana Sabung suggested that other officials may be involved. He told The Post on Sunday that it was a case of abuse of power by the authorities.

He said he had as many as 50 documents to support his claims, which he will send to Prime Minister Hun Sen for review.

“The evidence is undeniable because I have the documents. Documents must be dated and then stamped, but these documents are not dated,” he said.

Vathana Sabung asked the public to refrain from buying land in the province if the titles have errors or are incomplete because they could be illegal.

Mony denied the allegations made against him. He said the documents found by Vathana Sabung were not official.

“I am not involved with state land. These documents are not dated because normally we have many documents. The commune clerks sign them first and then review them. They have a lot of work to do and cannot review every document,” he said.

Mony said he was not afraid to appear before a court to defend himself.

Mondulkiri provincial hall spokesman Sok Sera told The Post on Sunday that he had yet to receive any the information on the case.

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