ACU to Question Ousted Top Judge After New Year

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Om Yentieng said Monday that he planned to continue questioning ousted Phnom Penh Court director Ang Mealaktei following the Khmer New Year holiday, which begins Tuesday and ends Thursday.

Mr. Mealaktei was questioned at ACU headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday last week following his removal in February, just hours after Prime Minister Hun Sen suggested in a speech that court officials took a multimillion-dollar bribe to release on bail the parents of fugitive general Thong Sarath, who were both jailed on weapons charges.

BTV, which is controlled by Mr. Hun Sen’s daughter Hun Mana, reported on Wednesday that Mr. Mealaktei’s case would be forwarded to the Phnom Penh court on Thursday, but that never eventuated.

Asked Monday when questioning of Mr. Mealaktei would continue, Mr. Yentieng said in a text message: “Not sure yet but should be one week after the Khmer New Year.”

The ACU chief declined to answer further questions. Mr. Mealaktei is also being investigated over his son’s use of a Range Rover that was confiscated from a man charged with drug trafficking.

The Justice Ministry completed an investigation into the former judge on April 6, but has refused to disclose its findings.

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