ACU Arrests Customs Officer, Two EdC Staff

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.” … 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.

Kuch Naren