Police have arrested a second infantry officer suspected of involvement in
an alleged plot to sell state land in Phnom
Penh with forged documents, officials said Tuesday.
National police arrested Lt. Col. Saphon Dara, 34, an RCAF
infantry officer, at his home on Monday, said Brig. Gen. Mok Phito, director of
the penal crime department of the Ministry of Interior.
Saphon Sara is the son of Neang Sovanny and Nou Sophonn, who
are being sought as the “masterminds” behind a plot to sell the offices of the
Agriculture Ministry’s fishery administration on Norodom Boulevard using forged documents,
military police commander Gen. Sao Sokha said Tuesday.
“I believe the two of them are still in the country, but
they are trying to flee the country,” he said. “I hope we will arrest the two
of them soon.”
Neang Sovanny, and her husband, Nou Sophonn, owned a real
estate company known alternately as Hun Yany or Hun Many, employing the name
“Hun” to attract high-ranking leaders by appearing to be linked with Prime
Minister Hun Sen, Sao Sokha said.
Military police are holding four suspected members of the
plot, including Lt. Gen. Men Vichet, deputy commander of RCAF infantry, and
national police are holding another 18 suspects, officials said.
Mok Phito said the Interior Ministry has filed a complaint
with Phnom Penh Municipal Court.