Officers jailed for 16 years for fake military recruitment scheme

A former major general and a former captain in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) were on Thursday sentenced to 16 years in prison for recruiting soldiers without authorization and taking $100,000 in bribes in return.

Presiding Judge Pork Porn said the pair — Sok Bunsoeun, a 63-year-old former official at the RCAF’s High Command Headquarters, and Rath Chanmony, a 47-year-old officer in Intervention Brigade 3’s Third Battalion — were found guilty of “unlawful raising of armed forces” under Article 463 of the Criminal Code.

The judge said both confessed to recruiting prospective members in Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Speu and Phnom Penh between 2016 and 2018. They found 244 marks who paid between $600 and $4,000 for a position in the military. In total, the pair raised more than $100,000 in bribes for the jobs, he said.

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