Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NGO staff in court for RCAF plate abuse

NGO staff in court for RCAF plate abuse

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The arrest of the 10 suspects was made after it received a tip-off from villagers. national police

NGO staff in court for RCAF plate abuse

Ten staff of the NGO Wildlife and Fishery Protection and Preservation were sent to court on Thursday for using Royal Cambodia Armed Forces (RCAF) number plates, and using their positions to threaten people.

Prey Nop district Military Police in Preah Sihanouk province said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday for the alleged crimes.

Provincial Military Police crime bureau chief Sek Sony on Thursday said the 10 suspects were sent to the provincial court. “I know they are members of an NGO,” he said.

Provincial hall spokesperson Kheang Phearum said provincial military handled the case and he could not comment on it now as it has reached the court.

A former staff member with the NGO on Thursday said it is registered with the Ministry of Interior and had submitted all reports as required by law over the past few years.

However, he said the NGO had become inactive at the beginning of this year because its director was absent. He said this meant that the 10 staff members who were arrested did not have any identification cards.

Prey Nop district deputy military commander Men Vanna, who led the operation to arrest the group, declined to comment.

But a report from the provincial Military Police said the arrest of the 10 suspects was made after it received a tip-off from villagers who said that the NGO staff were using RCAF number plates.

They also claimed that the staff used their NGO positions to threaten villagers.

The report said the suspects were all residents of the province.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • PM: Do not defile Tonle Sap swamp forest or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered police to arrest anyone – including government officials – involved with the deforestation of the flooded forests surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake because it is an area important to the spawning of many species of fish, among other reasons. Speaking in a