Dy Vichea, the son of deceased former National Police Commissioner Hok Lundy, was promoted to Director of National Police’s central department for security on Friday, according to police. He was also promoted from the rank of major general to three-star lieutenant general, according to National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith.
“He was not promoted faster [than normal],” Mr. Chantharith said when asked about the rapid rise of Mr. Vichea, 33, through the police ranks.
“He has ability because he got a master’s degree and he trained many police courses in Cambodia and also finished an FBI course in the U.S.”
Mr. Vichea is married to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s daughter, Hun Mana, a massively successful businesswoman in her own right.
Mr. Vichea’s father, Hok Lundy, was killed when a helicopter he was traveling in burst into flames and crashed in Svay Rieng province in 2008.
In a recent editorial, Human Rights Watch Asia director Brad Adams said that Hok Lundy, as police commissioner, “reported directly to Mr. Hun Sen and made a career of human rights abuses before he died.”