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PM's Top Advisor Explains Customs Firings

39 custom and police officials in Banteay Mean Chey province are removed from their positions immediately on Wednesday.

Om Yentieng, a close advisor to Prime Minister Hun Sen and also chairman of the government's anti-corruption unit, said at a press conference that these officials have been accused of taking bribes from merchants and for allowing them to import some 800 right-hand-drive cars into Cambodia.

Since March, Cambodia has banned the import of those vehicles. Cambodia is plagued by corruption at almost every level of society and government.

Cambodia is ranked at 151 out of 163 countries for corruption, this according to the 2006 report by Transparency International.