Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Army brass arrested in Sihanoukville

Army brass arrested in Sihanoukville

Chhorn Phlom was arrested by the Royal Gendarmerie of Preah Sihanouk province on Tuesday
Chhorn Phlom was arrested by the Royal Gendarmerie of Preah Sihanouk province on Tuesday. Photo supplied

Army brass arrested in Sihanoukville

An army general in Preah Sihanouk province was arrested by Military Police officials on Tuesday after the provincial court ordered he be taken into custody following allegations of land grabbing.

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court Investigating Judge Laot Phary ordered that Chhorn Phlom be arrested for grabbing land in the Sihanoukville’s Bit Traing commune and occupying the land.

According to the judge, Phlom was a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and a former activist for the Sam Rainsy Party.

He refused to provide any additional details of the case or the charges that had been brought against Phlom.

However, Khun Sarun, a commune councillor in Bit Traing, said she was aware of the case and that Phlom had taken land in the O’Trav and Otres areas along the beachfront.

“Yes, he is involved in the land grabbing of people in the O’Trav and Otres areas, but I do not know the size of the land,” she said yesterday.

Eng Hy, spokesman for the Military Police, declined to comment beyond saying officers were following instructions from the court.

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Breaking: Rubbish found packed inside 83 containers at S'ville port

    Eighty-three containers packed with rubbish were broken open at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port by joint authorities on Tuesday. The origin of the containers has yet to be ascertained, Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said. Pheaktra, who is also the ministry’s secretary of state, said

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will