Former Anti-Drugs To Face Colleague He Arrested In His Bribery Trial

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of former municipal anti-drug police chief Touch Muysor, accused of illegal drug possession and taking bribes from drug dealers in return for letting them walk free, court director Chiv Keng said.

At the trial, the court heard the testimony of Bov Pov, 38, a former national police first lieutenant who was arrested by Mr Muysor for drug possession on Oct 2. Mr Pov claimed that he personally witnessed Mr Muysor accept $40,000 in bribes, Judge Keng said.

In addition to Mr Pov, six drug dealers were arrested on Oct 2 by internal security police, reportedly with assistance from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“In the first bribe [Mr Pov’s] colleagues paid $20,000 and then another $20,000 for the release of people,” Judge Keng said by telephone yesterday.

He added that both bribes were related to the release of Lam Sokha, 53, a vendor at O’Russei market arrested along with Mr Pov.

Mr Muysor arrested Mr Pov one week after he started his job as an anti-drug police officer for allegedly possessing 10 kg of heroin and 2 kg of methamphetamines and approximately one ton of chemicals to process drugs at his Stung Meanchey commune home in the capital.

Police Major General Chhay Sinarith, head of the internal security department, said during a press conference after Mr Pov’s arrest that he and Ms Sokha were ring leaders of a drug smuggling group in Cambodia and used fake US currency.

Ten days later on Oct 12, Mr Muysor was himself arrested, and suspended from duty, on suspicion of possessing 8,000 amphetamine pills in his office and accepting bribes, deputy prosecutor Hing Bunchea said at the time.

According to Judge Keng, these pills allegedly once belonged to Ms Sokha.

The judge added that Mr Muysor will remain incarcerated at Prey Sar prison, along with Mr Pov, while awaiting a date for sentencing.

 

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