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Sokha orders committee to investigate suspension

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Sokha (pictured) has ordered that a committee be created to investigate the suspension of Lieutenant General Chorn Samorn. fresh news

Sokha orders committee to investigate suspension

National Military Police commander General Sao Sokha has ordered that a committee be created to investigate the circumstances behind the suspension and detention of a former district Military Police commander in Stung Treng province, National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said.

The order was made after Buth Kanha, the wife of former Siem Bok district Military Police commander Lieutenant General Chorn Samorn, wrote a letter requesting Sokha’s intervention to provide the justice for her husband.

She accused Stung Treng provincial Military Police commander Eang Vandy of suspending her husband and detaining him.

Hy posted on Facebook on Monday morning: “Regarding this case, National Military Police commander General Sao Sokha has ordered the formation of a committee with a mission to look into the details.”

Vandy declined to comment and referred questions to Eng Hy, who said the newly created committee is investigating the issue.

“When they have completed the investigation, they will announce the result,” he said.

On Saturday, Kanha wrote a letter asking Sokha to intervene. She said her husband was suspended from the provincial military command in 2015 for allegedly disobeying orders.

Kanha said her husband was then sent to work at the border, before which he handed in his weapons and ammunition as he was ordered to do.

But she said the provincial Military Police commander accused Samorn of selling bullets and, as a result, he had been confined to barracks for nearly five years.

“On August 15, 2019, General Eang Vandy called my husband in, telling him to apply for work at O’Veng or for a position as deputy chief of staff. But my husband disagreed because he requested to be Siem Bok district Military Police commander,” the letter read.

According to Kanha’s letter, after her husband disagreed, Vandy became furious, refused to carry on the conversation and ordered the Military Police to place Samorn into custody for two nights.

Kanha said Vanday filed a lawsuit at the provincial court accusing her husband of illegally selling bullets and requesting that Samorn’s name be removed from the military framework.

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