Military police on Monday were holding 22 people, including a
senior armed forces commander, for questioning in connection to the alleged
sale of state land using forged documents across Phnom Penh.
Lt. Gen. Men Vichet, deputy commander of RCAF infantry, was
among those being questioned, Military Police Commander Gen. Sao Sokha said.
Others being questioning included senior government,
military and police officials and land brokers, Sao Sokha said. He declined to
give more specific information on the names or ranks of officials.
The men are being questioned in connection to a criminal
operation in which land brokers worked closely with senior officials to falsely sell state land with forged titles, Sao Sokha
Gen. Meas Sophea, commander of the RCAF infantry, confirmed Monday his subordinate,
Men Vichet, had been called in for questioning at military police headquarters,
but he could not confirm whether the questioning was related to forged land
The arrest follows a public announcement Wednesday by Prime
Minister Hun Sen, who said many government officials were involved in forging
The 22 men were called in for questioning on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, and all of them were being held at military police
headquarters on Monday, Sao Sokha said.
None has been charged, but a continuing investigation is
underway, he said.