Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM's son-in-law Dy Vichea gets new security portfolio

PM's son-in-law Dy Vichea gets new security portfolio

Hun Sen's son-in-law Dy Vichea receives his promotion letter from National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun in January. National Police
Hun Sen's son-in-law Dy Vichea receives his promotion letter from National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun in January. National Police

PM's son-in-law Dy Vichea gets new security portfolio

The National Police yesterday shuffled around 13 deputy commissioners, with well-connected newcomer Dy Vichea put in charge of central security and combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

Along with Vichea, who is Prime Minister Hun Sen's son-in-law, Sar Thet will now be in charge of the “order police”, a national-level unit that focuses on anti-demonstration activities. He is Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s nephew.

The reshuffling of duties was released in a National Police document dated February 28 and signed by National Police Chief Neth Savoeun.

In December, the government diverted around $4.5 million from the surplus budget to the Ministry of Interior to purchase nine types of “riot equipment”. Senior police officials have not divulged details of the acquisition.

Leaked videos from police training exercises have shown armed police practicing tactics to disperse urban protesters, even using armoured vehicles.

Observers have suggested anti-demonstration preparedness shows the authorities’ anxiety over the upcoming national elections, with the government looking to prevent a repeat of the post-2013 election protests. Those protests were led by the broadly popular opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was forcibly dissolved at the government's behest in November, prompting widespread condemnation.

Vichea, who is married to Hun Sen’s daughter, Hun Mana, was promoted to deputy National Police chief on January 16, after already heading the Interior Ministry’s Central Security Department.

At the time, Interior Minister Khieu Sopheak saw no issue with the premier’s relative being promoted, pointing to United States President Donald Trump, whose daughter and son-in-law are part of the administration.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Choun Sovann, who is also a deputy National Police chief, retained his portfolios, while Deputy National Police Chief Chhay Sinarith was relieved of some his responsibilities.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • EU timber deal in firing line

    A committee of more than 20 national and international organisations filed a petition to the EU on October 10 to prevent it from signing a timber trade agreement with Vietnam, noting that the deal would be disastrous to the Kingdom’s forests. The petition claims Vietnamese timber

  • PM: Programme to recover Vietnam War missing back on

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced the resumption of the MIA programme to recover the remains of American service personnel missing after action on Cambodian soil during the Vietnam War. The programme was suspended for more than a year after the US government imposed visa

  • Drug prevention fight a cross-border effort, Mekong countries confirm

    Vientiane Times/ANN: Representatives from Laos, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam gathered in Vientiane on Friday for the opening of a centre that will foster close cooperation and support for the fight against illicit drugs in the region. The opening ceremony for the Safe