Mondulkiri: Investigating Judge of Mondulkiri Provincial Court has identified 10 more suspects in connection with the case of Major General Pov Sothearan after detaining four Concerning the clearing of forest land in Oreang district as a senator pleaded guilty to applying for the right to occupy more than 500 hectares of land in Oreang district, Mondul province Kiri, too.
Meas Pros, spokesman for the Mondulkiri Provincial Court, said on October 7 that 10 suspects involved in the case of Major General Pov Sothearan, deputy director of the department Land border police in the case of illegal land encroachment at Phnom Rohang, Pou Chhop village, Dak Dam commune, Oreang district have been identified.
"The judge has found 10 people, but I can not identify them because it is a court procedure," he said. . Please wait until the arrest is sent to court to know all this because now we are working. For those involved with Pov Sothearan, we have already detained a total of four people.
Keo Sopheak, director of the Mondulkiri provincial environment department, said that officials from the environment department had cooperated with national experts to investigate the case, but he did not. This report is not yet available, pending the completion of all cases.
“In the case of Mr. Pov Sothearan, I have received information that the court has detained four people involved. Among them are a newspaper publisher, two citizens and a major general, all of whom have been detained. We are still investigating other stakeholders. ”
Regarding this land case, Mr. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on October 6, requested Mr. Say Chhum, President of the Senate to educate Mr. Noy. Srun, Senator of the 8th Zone, involved in the clearing, burning, encroachment and illegal occupation of 531 hectares of forest land in Puzam village Sen Monorom commune, Oreang district.
Following the request, the Senate spokesman issued a statement on the evening of October 6 stating that, following the director's note, Minister Hun Sen dated September 2, 2020 on the involvement of Mr. Noy Sron in preparing documents for the possession of 531 hectares of land in Pusam village, Sen Monorom commune. Mr. Say Chhum, President of the Senate, Mr. Sim Ka, First Vice President of the Senate and Mr. Tep Ngorn, Second Vice President of the Senate have been meeting with Mr. Noy Sron since September 23, 2020.
The spokesman stated that under the guidance of the Senate leadership, Mr. Noy Sron apologized for any mistakes, whether intentional or unintentional. And that made the management difficult because of themselves. With this, also accepted all the education and guidance of the President and the two Vice Presidents of the Senate by making a certificate dated 23 September 2020 ceased to be associated with this 531-hectare land.
Pen Bunnar, a local community empowerment program officer with the Adhoc Human Rights Defenders Association, said that when officials were found to be at fault, Not punishing according to the law and apologizing to end the story, it shows the implementation of a law with two standards, that is, not Senior officials can be punished, and those who do the same thing but do not have the status of a priest must be punished according to the law.
"The encroachment of this forest land is a misdemeanor and cannot be excused through an apology, a small fine or a confession," he said. . I see the latest news is that there are senior officials involved in crime, just apologize at the end of the story, I do not support because it is against the procedure The law.
Senate spokesman Mam Bunneang could not be reached for comment. Mr. Noy Sron has not yet been able to find a source to confirm this case.
However, the Senate on October 7 issued another statement that Mr. Noy Sron has not yet managed and used the above 531 hectares of land. This is only in the initial process of applying for the right to occupy this land to the competent authorities, and the competent authorities Not yet allowed.