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Prey Sar director accused of graft

Prey Sar director accused of graft

The Anti-Corruption Unit on Tuesday published a complaint against the director of the Prey Sar correctional centre for women and children (CC2), alleging that he took bribes from prisoners and families and illegally pocketed government funds.

Klot Dara, the director, denied that he charged families 32,000 riel (about $7.83) to visit their loved ones; charged $100 to $500 to let prisoners swap cells; pocketed 10 to 15 million riel ($2,447 to $3,670) of prisoners’ government meal allowances each month; and took in the salary of nine “ghost workers” for four years.

“The point that he takes money from prisoners . . . for the swapping of rooms does not exist,” Dara’s official response reads. “The swaps have been made based on the expert office’s necessity.”

Dara also denied taking prisoners’ meal allowances, and claimed to have asked the Ministry of Interior to stop paying the salaries of seven inactive officials. He acknowledged that the prison requires visitors to pay 2,000 riel to process the visit application, but denied taking more than that.

Nget Khun, a Boeung Kak lake land activist, who was imprisoned twice in 2011 and 2014 in Prey Sar’s CC2, said the prison also required detainees to pay extra fees for living comfortably.

“The cost of a fan was 60,000 riel [about $15] and a television was 100,000 riel [about $25], so all detainees in a room collected money to pay,” she said. “Rich detainees . . . pay from $200 to $500 to live in a cell with only five to six inmates, but we poor detainees lived with 30 to 40 inmates.”

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