Takeo Deputy Police Chief Investigated for Extortion

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Authorities sit in the bed of a pickup truck in Takeo province in late March 2020 (Ouch Sony/VOD)

The Interior Ministry has said it is investigating an anonymous complaint accusing Takeo provincial deputy police chief Hin Sok Kheng of extortion.

Em Vichet, spokesperson of the Interior Ministry’s secretariat, said on Monday that the ministry had received a complaint from anonymous citizens in July alleging Sok Kheng and other police officers extorted money from them.

He said that after receiving the complaint, Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered an investigation, but he could not comment further.

“Whatever the results are, the experts will inform the public immediately,”  he said.

Sok Kheng declined to answer questions, while provincial police chief Sok Samnang did not respond.

Takeo Provincial Court secretariat chief Nget Davuth said Sok Kheng had been summoned for questioning last year, but did not have details.

Adhoc spokesperson Soeng Senkaruna urged authorities to prosecute Sok Kheng if they found that he committed a crime.

“If the law is strictly implemented, this kind of misconduct can be reduced in the future,” he said.

According to the anonymous complaint, shared on local media, Sok Kheng arrested three foreigners and two Cambodians in 2019, confiscated their possessions and demanded $200,000 from them.

(Translated and edited from the original article on VOD Khmer)

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