The son-in-law of National Military Police Commander Sao Sokha will be promoted to head the military police’s Siem Reap provincial forces this month, according to a spokesman.
Eng Hy, a personal spokesman for General Sokha, said Wednesday that current Siem Reap provincial military police chief Morn Samon would become a deputy commander at the national level, making way for the ascent of Por Vannith.
“We have changed some provincial military police: The military police chief in Siem Reap becomes a deputy national military police chief, and Por Vannith, a colonel, has been promoted to Siem Reap military police chief,” he said.
Mr. Vannith, who is also the son of Battambang provincial military police chief Por Vannak, is married to a daughter of Gen. Sokha.
“He was a deputy military police chief in Phnom Penh,” Mr. Hy said of Mr. Vannith. “He has a lot of experience.”
Seperately, nine high-ranking police officials were promoted last week, according to a royal decree signed by CPP President Chea Sim, the acting head of state in the absence of King Norodom Sihamoni.
The decree, signed by Mr. Sim on April 13, states that Prum Chantha, Sou Vanthy and Em Vichet are promoted from major general to lieutenant general and that Suon Kimsorn, Ngeng Chou, Vann Saroeun and You Poulin are promoted from brigadier general to major general. Nhim Chantana and Suos Sok Dara are also promoted from the rank of colonel to brigadier general, it says.