Siem Reap Military Police’s Antidrug Chief Arrested for Drug Crimes, Concealing Evidence

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Illicit drugs confiscated by authorities (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Two Siem Reap military police officers tasked with fighting drug crimes in the province were charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs and failing to report a crime.

Military Police spokesperson Eng Hy said that two officers had been arrested Saturday evening for misconduct and had been sent to Siem Reap Provincial Court. He did not detail the officers’ wrongdoings, only saying that the military police had zero tolerance for any crimes committed.

“Thus, the military cannot leave any officer or soldier who committed the crime. Therefore, we follow our motto,” he said. 

Siem Reap deputy prosecutor Sat Thida also did not elaborate on the exact crime committed by the two military police officers, but listed the provisional charges against them.

Theav Chantara, who is the bureau chief of the antidrug department, was provisionally charged with articles 253, 528 and 532 of the Criminal Code for illegally confing a person, failing to file a complaint of misdemeanor or felony, and concealing evidence.

He was also charged under Article 40 of the Drugs Control Law for illegally storing drugs.

Miam Nak, an assistant in the department, was provisionally charged with theft under articles 353 and 356 and failing to file a complaint of a crime under Article 528.

“In this case, our prosecutor has charged them and sent them to the investigating judge and this case is in the investigating judge’s hand,” she said.

Siem Reap Provincial Court spokesperson Yin Srang would only say that the case was still under investigation.

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