The Ministry of Interior has launched an investigation into allegations against Brigadier General Keo Saravuth, deputy director-general of the General Department of Internal Audit, concerning bribery claims. 

The allegations, which surfaced on social media, accused Saravuth of soliciting one million riel from each of ten communes in the Kampong Speu province’s Samaki Monichey district.

“Minister of Interior Sar Sokha responded promptly. He submitted the case to the interior ministry’s inspectorate for immediate investigation,” explained ministry spokesman Touch Sokhak.

He said a working group summoned Saravuth to clarify the matter at the inspectorate headquarters on May 21.

“During the interview, the brigadier general admitted to leading a team of seven auditors in Kampong Speu on April 24,” he added.

The suspect said the inspection team used two private vehicles and completed audits in only four communes.

“At present, we are still considering the next procedural step – we have not decided yet, as we are considering the facts of the case in detail and comparing it with the recommended National Police disciplinary measures,” Sokhak told The Post.

Van Lida, director of the Samaki Monichey district administration, acknowledged that officials from the interior ministry had conducted audits in the communes of the district, but could not comment on any alleged payments to a senior police officer.

“I do not know anything about anyone giving or receiving money," he told The Post.

“The Ministry of Interior is investigating this case. We should wait and see what their investigation reports,” he added.

In accordance with Prime Minister Hun Manet's principles of “cleaning our own house”, Sokhak said the ministry acknowledged the crucial role of media and public contributions to maintaining transparency and accountability within the government.

He also highlighted the ministry’s willingness to accept information related to any irregularities involving civil servants, national police officers or prison officials. 

“We value requests, suggestions and opinions from the public and will take them all into consideration,” he said.