Local Businesswoman Arrested for Breach of Trust

The director of a company in charge of collecting taxes at markets across Phnom Penh was arrested on Friday by Municipal Police, who said she would be questioned over an alleged breach of trust, though refused to elaborate on the reasons why.

Roth Sopheap, whose Roth Sensopheap Company has a monopoly on market-tax collection, was arrested by police near Old Stadium, in the north of the city. She was detained at police headquarters, where she will remain until further questioning on Monday, officials said.

“Police have just followed a court warrant issued by Investigating Judge Pech Maren for an alleged breach of trust,” said Cheav Vibol, deputy director of the minor crimes unit.

“Judge Pech Maren asked us to take her into custody at the police station and bring her back to the court on Monday to continue questioning,” he said, adding that he had no further details of the case or who had brought the charge forward.

Contacted Friday, Judge Maren said that she was too busy to comment. Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong and City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche both said they were unaware of the case.

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