Two Charged for Phony Facebook Posts

Two men accused of posting phony public documents on Facebook under Prime Minister Hun Sen’s name were charged with forgery by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday, deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok said on Monday.

Y Sokhy, director of the Interior Ministry’s department of counterterrorism and transnational crime, said last week that the men presented themselves on Facebook as Mr. Hun Sen’s advisers and marked the phony documents with a fake seal purporting to be the prime minister’s.

The men, Chhuon Saron, a 39-year-old employee of a microfinance agency, and Suon Chan Rotanak, a 24-year-old telephone repairman, had “used fake names on Facebook, produced fake documents and posted fake public documents on Facebook,” Lieutenant General Sokhy said.

Forging public documents carries a punishment of five to 10 years in prison, while using forged documents is punishable by two to five years in prison and a fine of up to 10 million riel, or about $2,500.

The pair were sent to Prey Sar prison on Saturday morning and are being held in provisional detention, Mr. Sok said.

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