Saturday, November 30, 2013

ACU Arrests Customs Officer, Two EdC Staff


By Kuch Naren, The Cambodia Daily
November 30, 2013

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) arrested a senior customs official in Preah Sihanouk province and two Electricte du Cambodge (EdC) officials in Mondolkiri province in separate corruption cases this week, ACU and court officials said Friday.

Mondolkiri Provincial Court prosecutor Khut Sopheang said two staff members of the EdC provincial branch—Suot Sarim, a commercial office worker and Ny Sophor, a cashier’s assistant—were charged on Thursday.

Mr. Sopheang said the suspects are accused of having forged documents and stolen more than 400 million riel, or about $100,000 from the state power company.


“The pair arrested by the ACU in Sen Monorom City on Wednesday were charged with three counts of criminal offenses under articles 599 and 627 of the Penal Code,” he said.

“They have both been placed in pretrial detention in the provincial prison since Thursday after they confessed.”

The suspects had forged documents to steal money, the prosecutor said, but he would not elaborate.

A senior EdC official in Phnom Penh, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said internal audits proved “systematic

corruption” had taken place at the state-owned company’s Mondolkiri office.

“Generally, we audit the income generated from selling electricity twice a year,” he said. “The arrested persons took the money from the customers who went to pay their electricity bills.”

The pair took the customers’ payments but made no record of it, he claimed.

In Preah Sihanouk province, also on Wednesday, the ACU arrested Phy Rith, deputy director of the provincial department of Customs and Excise, accusing him of overcharging on fees set by the state, ACU administrative chief Chea Chanthor said.

The suspect was taken to Phnom Penh for questioning the same day, Ms. Chanthor said.

“Yes, we arrested a deputy director of the [Preah Sihanouk] provincial department of Customs and Excise,” she said on Friday.

“Now we are sending him back from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court, where he will be charged,” she said.

Ms. Chanthor declined to comment further, saying she did not have details of the corruption allegations made against the suspect.

ACU vice chairman Chhay Savuth confirmed the two separate arrests, but also declined to elaborate when asked how much money was involved in the case of the Customs and Excise official.

ACU chairman Om Yentieng said in a message that he would provide an official comment on the cases on Tuesday.

Mr. Yentieng was quoted by an online news service as saying the arrested customs officer was questioned by the ACU multiple times prior to his actual arrest, and was sent to the provincial court on Friday to face charges of “overcharging fees beyond the government’s official fees.”

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court prosecutor Bou Bun Hang declined to comment on the case.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a faked arrested by CPP. It is no Anti-corruption laws is a true laws by CPP. CPP is a faked Government.

CPP must go.

Anonymous said...

taxation without accountability is one of corruptions! to tax on anything in cambodia, it needs to be a lawful system like the irs in america, not a fragment at some crook's mercy! glad to see these kind of evil people get arrested! cambodia, i think, is in the process of cleaning up unlawfulness that takes the form of a corruption. slowly but surely, justice is served in cambodia.

Savoeun Koy said...

We cross our fingers, pray, and hope that the Cambodian law shall serve equally the nation. It is a disguise or what, at least it is starting up to the right direction. We congratulate the Anti-corruption Department to fiercely and aggressively eradicated the outlaw that is the well ill society. Please keep up with good work for the sake of Cambodian nation.

Anonymous said...

ឃើញទេត្រីស្ដោ វាចាប់ស៊ីកូនវាហើយ តែប៉ុណ្ណេះពីរអ្នកនោះអស់កាតហើយ ៗចុងក្រោយយួននឹងស៊ីមេត្រី
ស្ដោនោះមិនខានទេ។

Anonymous said...

ONLY FOR THE SHOW. THERE ARE MANY HIGH RANKING ARE CORRUPTED. AH HUN SEN MUST BE JAILED FIRST.

Anonymous said...

These are just very small fishes. The big fishes are Hun Sen, Sok An, Tea banh, Sar Kheng, Oum YinTeang, etc...
The corruption in Cambodia will be clean- none if you can convict these people.

Read my word....

Anonymous said...

It's a game, come on who are the corrupt officials? This is a small fish for show.

Anonymous said...

Hun sen est mille fois plus grave que ça.

Anonymous said...

Wow, le brigade d anti corruptions au cambodge est vraiment efficace, et de ne pas oublié d aller voir la famille de hun sen, et les autres ministres de cpp, car tous ces minables sont vraiments pourrissent.

Anonymous said...

It's good,but don't look only at the low rank,look at the high rank. Now how many hectare of Khmer forest was been destroy? And why the high rank became millionaire and billionaire too fast? Please look around you too .

Anonymous said...

ចុះពួកវារាប់សិបក្បាលទៀតនោះ អាប៉ែន សីម៉ន អា អូនព័ន្ធមនីរត ជាដើមនោះមានលលុយ ឡាន​ វិឡា ដី ទុនធ្វើកៅសូរាប់ពាន់ហិចតានោះ បានលុយពីណាមក ។​ ម៉ាកក្រសួងសេដ្ឋកិច្ចអាឆ្កែណាមិនក្លាយជាមហាសេដ្ធី អាឆ្កែ សែន​ អឺយ មិចអែ្ហងបិទភ្នែកសសុមគ្រលុមគ្នាបំផ្លាញជាតិអោយដុនដាបយ៉ាងនេះ

Anonymous said...

yea....they should arrest more official at the TAX office, Airport official and POST OFFICE.

Anonymous said...

It's just a reshuffle folks. Soon, this vacant position will be filled with another corrupted family members of the high ranking officials. Of course, this position will required some form of down payment.
There is always a rhyme or reasons why the suspect is arrested.
Last, corruption is so rampant in Cambodia and its almost illegal to be NOT corrupted.

Anonymous said...




Until the ACU arrest the most corrupted man, Hun Sen, nobody believes your stupid show.


Anonymous said...

គួរឲអស់សំណើចណាស់លោកអើយ !សំដែងល្ខោន
ឥតល្អមើលទាល់តែសោះ ឆាកកំប្លែងក៍មិនមែន
ឆាកកំសត់ក៍មិនមែន ៕ តាមពិត ពួកបុគ្គ
លិកខាងគយក្តី​ ខាងអគ្គិសនីក្តីតាំងពីលើដល់
ក្រោមមានតិចណាស់ដែលមិនលួច មិនពុក
រលួយ ។ គ្រាន់តែតិច ឬ ច្រើន អ្នកណាមាន
ខ្សែ បាននៅកន្លែងខ្លាញ់ ក៍សីុ ឬ លួចបាន
ច្រើនទៅ ឯអ្នកតូចតាច ឬ គ្មានខ្សែក៍លួច ឬ សីុបានតិច ។ ដូចពាក្យថាៈ តូចសីុតាម
តូច ធំសីុតាមធំ ។ ​ ជាពិសេស ពួកអាធំ ៗ គ្រាក់ ៗសីុរហូតដល់ក្លាយជាមហាសេដ្ឋីថ្នាក់
អន្តរៈជាតិ ។

ពេលនេះ ដើម្បីលុបលាងអំពើពុករលួយដល់ឆ្អឹង
ដើម្បីបង្ហាញឲជាតិ និង អន្តរៈជាតិឃើញថា ពួកវាកំពុងតែកែប្រែគោលនយោបាយសីុជម្រៅ
និង ដើម្បីឲប្រជាពលរដ្ឋបែមកគាមទ្រវិញ ក៍សំ
ដែងឆាកល្ខោនកូនក្មេងឲសាធារណៈមើល ។
និយាយពីបុគ្គលិកអគ្គសនីមិនមែនទើបតែលួច
ឯណា ចេះលួចតាំងពីសម័យរដ្ឋកម្ពុជាម្ល៉េះ តែ
ទើបតែមកចាប់នៅពេលនេះ ។ ម្យ៉ាងវិញ
ទៀត ពួកអាអ្នកធំគ្រាក់ ៗ នៅខាងក្រុមហ៊ុន
អគ្គិសនីប្រើបច្ចេកទេស លួច និង កេងប្រវាញ់
ក្នុងការលក់ និងចែកចាយអគ្គិសនីដល់ប្រជា
ពលរដ្ឋបានជាច្រើនលានដុល្លារ៍ ក្នុងមួយឆ្នាំ​ ៗ តាំងពីយូរឆ្នាំណាស់មកហើយ ម្ត៉េចមិនឃើញ
ចាប់បានផង ? ។

ចំនួនទឹកប្រាក់ដែលបុគ្គលិពីរនាក់ហ្នឹងលួច ឬ កេងប្រវាញ់ មិនទាំងបានមួយភាគរយនៃចំនួន
ប្រាក់ដែលពួកគេរកបានក្នុងមួយខែ ៗ ផង ។ និយាយរួមចំនួនទឹកប្រាក់ហ្នឹងវាតិចតួច
ណាស់ មិនសមនឹងយកមកអួតអាងបែបហ្នឹង
សោះ ។ គួរតែដឹងថា ឪមយិនទៀង គឺជាទី
ប្រឹក្សាយួនដែលពួកហាណូយវាដាក់បង្កប់នៅក្នុងជួររដ្ឋាភិបាល ហ៊ុនសែន ជាមេពុករលួយធំបំ
ផុត ។ ដូច្នេះ ច្បាប់បង្កាបអំពើពុករលួយ
នៅប្រទេសកម្ពុជាវាគ្មានប្រសិទ្ធិភាព គ្មានបាន
ការទេ កុំជឿ កុំសង្ឃឹមឲសោះ ។

មានតែកំចាត់ពួកវាចេញឲអស់តាមការធ្វើការ
ផ្លាស់ប្តូរប៉ុណ្ណោះដែលអាជួយស្រោចស្រង់ប្រទេស
យើងបាន ។

Anonymous said...

the reality is bad people will look for loopholes. so gov't's job is narrow the loopholes so crook will not able to cheat the gov't, cheat the people, etc! of course, there are a lot of works to do, so keep searching for solution!

Anonymous said...

FUNNY FUNNY JUST TO LOOK GOOD TO CAMBODIA MAYBE THEY THINK AROUND THE WOLRD ADMIRE THEM WHY DONT THEY CATCH CORRUPTED PEOPLE IN MINISTRY OF HEALTH FOR INTERNATIONAL ASKED FOR? FISRTH TAKE HUN SEN TO INTERNATIONAL COURT HE WILL ANSWER WHO TOOK THE MONEY