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Former Kampot Governor Imprisoned on Corruption Charges

Funcinpec party quota's former Kampot governor was imprisoned by authorities on criminal charges by the government last March, suspected of corruptions, and clearing trees and illegally occupying state land, allege police and human rights officials.

Mr. Puth Chandarith was arrested in Battambang province and was taken to Kampot province's prison Sunday afternoon, in which police officials say was done after a court subpoena was issued for his arrest.

The Ministry of Interior's department of criminal police unit's chief Mak Chito says that this arrest was done hurriedly to prevent Mr. Puth from fleeing abroad.

The Kampot's Cambodia human rights investigation department official Chhim Savuth was imprisoned after the judge questioned him. No details were given on the evidence documents, the corruption charges, illegal occupation of state land, or other officials involved.

Mr. Chhim says that the clearing of land might involve many other officials, but that after court officials questioning, he will leave the case to the government.

Kampot investigation judge Oeung Seang, and deputy prosecutor Top Chhun Heng did not answer the phones. Kampot prison deputy director Uk Lay says that Mr. Puth is detained in a room with 30 other inmates.