Investigation of police official possible: ACU

Corruption czar Om Yentieng said on Wednesday that he might still open an investigation into graft allegations against the head of the National Police’s public order department, which oversees the nation’s traffic officers, if the subordinates who made the claims were unsatisfied with their boss’s ...

Aun Pheap

Traffic police accuse boss of corruption

Employees of the National Police’s public order department, which oversees the country’s traffic officers, have accused their boss of embezzlement, favoritism, abuse of power and other offenses, according to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). ... ...

Aun Pheap

Anti-graft czar attacks battambang governor

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng lashed out at Battambang provincial governor Chan Sophal on Sunday for refusing to let the unit investigate a district governor for allegedly pilfering thousands of dollars of state money. ... ...

Aun Pheap

ACU plans witness law

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has started the process of drafting two laws aimed at protecting witnesses and whistleblowers in an effort to increase their efficiency in fighting corruption. The ACU plans for drafts of the two laws to be finished later this year. ... ...

Taing Vida

ACU rejects complaints against Sokha, NEC

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has decided it will not take action over two complaints accusing acting Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha of financial fraud along with corruption allegations against four National Election Committee members. ... ...

Taing Vida

NGO files complaint against NEC

An NGO has filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Unit against senior National Election Committee members for “colluding to commit corruption inside an independent institution”, relating to a transfer of the body’s employees from independent contractors to government officials. ... ...

Lay Samean

ACU to send officials to S. Korea to investigate ambassador case

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) will send officials to South Korea next month to further investigate the case of former ambassador Suth Dina, who was arrested and detained at Prey Sar prison early last month on corruption charges. ... ...

Mom Kunthear

Development council officer charged over bribery claim

An official at the Council for the Development of Cambodia was charged with bribery over the weekend after being arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), just weeks after the graft-fighting body arrested a Foreign Affairs Ministry official and the ambassador to South Korea. ...  ...

Aun Pheap

Government slammed for arrests of NGO officers

Four senior officials of local rights group Adhoc and a Na­tion­al Election Committee (NEC) official were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Thurs­day night over allegations that they instructed an alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to deny their affair. ... ...

Khy Sovuthy and George Wright

Corruption czar’s sons appointed as assistants

Two sons of Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng have been appointed as assistants to the government graft-fighting body, sparking accusations of nepotism within the very institution meant to stamp out such practices. ... ...

Khy Sovuthy and Zsombor Peter

Rights group says Anti-Corruption Unit’s claims baseless

Adhoc president Thun Saray on Tuesday defended his rights group’s pro-bono legal representation of the alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, who last week rescinded her denials of the affair and accused Adhoc staff of convincing her to lie. ... ...

Ben Sokhean

Yentieng shuts down query into envelopes

The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng, yesterday dismissed a request to explain the contents of envelopes he distributed to soldiers earlier this month by, in essence, declaring: we ask the questions, not you. ... ...

Lay Samean and Niem Chheng

In Cambodia, calls for Panama papers probe

Civil society groups and anti-corruption experts have urged Cambodia's government to open an investigation into why Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana was named in the so-called Panama Papers. ... ...

Neou Vannarin

Probe into justice minister possible, ACU chief says

The Anti-Corruption Unit has not yet opened an investigation into Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana’s secretive offshore holdings, but the unit’s chairman said on Thursday that a future probe could not be ruled out. ... ...

Ben Sokhean and Taylor O'Connell

Foreign affairs bureau chief charged with embezzlement

A Foreign Affairs Ministry official arrested by anti-corruption authorities last week for taking bribes to process documents for a foreign company has been charged with embezzlement and sent to prison to await trial, officials said on Monday. ...  ...

Ben Sokhean

Ambassador to South Korea grilled over corruption

Cambodia’s ambassador to South Korea was summoned to appear before the Anti-Corruption Unit on Monday morning for questioning over allegations of corruption, and was expected to be arrested later in the day, the unit’s chief said. ...  ...

Ben Sokhean

Scammers pretend to be senior officials, threaten governors

The Ministry of Interior has ordered National Police to investigate a scam in which unidentified callers claimed to be senior officials at the ministry and the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in an attempt to extort money from district governors, according to a letter issued on April ...

Chhorn Chansy

ACU tosses complaint against ActionAid

The Anti-Corruption Unit on Thursday dismissed a complaint filed by a Cambodian NGO against the local arm of the international humanitarian group ActionAid for allegedly embezzling $3 million, the unit’s chairman said. ...  ...

Kuch Naren and Janelle Kohnert

Anti-graft body opens investigation into Sokha

The government’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Thursday announced it was launching an official investigation into allegations that deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha made unlawful land and apartment purchases for a mistress. ... ...

Kuch Naren

ACU poised to investigate Sokha sex scandal

Cambodia’s anti-corruption body on Tuesday decided it had jurisdiction over corruption allegations against deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha for making lavish promises to a purported mistress in leaked audio recordings. ... ...

Kuch Naren

ASEAN market watch: Cambodian corruption, telecoms bidding in Myanmar, and increasing Philippine trade deficits

Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks Cambodia as the ‘Most Corrupt’ country in Southeast Asia. Cambodia score was 21 out a possible 100 points, which is the same as the country’s score in 2014. ... ...

ASEAN Briefing

ACU chief slams global fund over bribe case

Cambodia’s corruption czar was again on the defensive on Tuesday about the government’s controversial decision not to prosecute the former head of the National Malaria Center over revelations that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to secure million-dollar mosquito net contracts for ...

Zsombor Peter and Kuch Naren

Whistleblower law in the works, ACU says

The Anti-Corruption Unit has announced the drafting of new laws on whistleblowing and witness protection to safeguard those calling out crime and extortion at the highest levels.The ACU in November 2014 unveiled plans for specific whistleblower legislation, but according to ACU president Om Yentieng, the ...

Chhay Channyda and Zoe Holman

Graft czar denies interfering in murder probe

Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yentieng on Monday denied a claim made in court last week that he had exceeded his authority by ordering the bodyguard of ousted Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei to search the home of a murder suspect’s parents. ... ...

Khuon Narim

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