Battambang Tycoon, Provincial Official Charged for Embezzlement, Corruption

A Battambang-based tycoon and deputy provincial governor were charged with embezzlement and corruption on Tuesday for their involvement in land grabs in the province.

Local businessman Song Thorn and Battambang Deputy Governor Sou Arafat were arrested and questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit last week, in relation to the tycoon’s claims that he owned more than 5,000 hectares in Koas Krala district, including having a land dispute with villagers.

Phnom Penh Court spokesperson Kuch Kimlong confirmed on Tuesday that a deputy prosecutor, Soeun Moniroth, had charged Song Thorn under Article 601 for “intentional destruction and embezzlement”, carrying a sentence of five to 10 years, as well as Article 605 for “delivering of briberies”, which holds a similar prison sentence.

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