Cambodia’s King Strips Senior Police Officers of ‘Okhna’ Title

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has stripped 36 senior police officers of their coveted “Okhna” status, a title of nobility increasingly used by those holding it to enable corruption and claim immunity from prosecution following the commission of crimes, according to reports.

Those now losing the title include Deputy National Police Commissioner Kheng Somet, sources say.

The title is given by royal decree to anyone who has contributed at least U.S. $500,000 to Cambodia’s government, and many who hold the title first amassed vast fortunes through successful business ventures in the country.

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