A Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court clerk accused of demanding thousands of dollars in bribes to process standard paperwork was charged on Wednesday*with misappropriation of public funds, a court official said.
Hang Samoeun was charged under the Criminal Code and the Anti-Corruption Law, according to Sok Keobandith, deputy prosecutor and provincial court spokesman.*Investigating Judge Nhim Pisal also decided to detain him at the provincial prison while he awaits trial, Mr. Keobandith said.
The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday*that it had arrested Mr. Samoeun on Sunday in a hotel room where he had arranged to meet his latest victim.
Mr. Samoeun had collected $3,500 from numerous victims since December, but had attempted to collect as much as $40,000, land, and motor vehicles, the ACU said. He would “delay time and again and demand bribes to fulfill his duty,” the ACU said.
The misappropriation charge carries a penalty of two to five years in prison and a fine of up to 10 million riel, or about $2,500.*
sokhean@cambodiadaily.com*
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