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Hun Sen Berates Traffic-Jam Bribery

Prime Minister Hun Sen called on high-ranking officials and wealthy businessmen to stop giving money to the nation’s police in lieu of following the law, especially in traffic jams.

“Some government leaders give money to traffic police and the gendarmeries, but sometimes this kindness scorns the forces who apply the law and scorns the law as well,” Hun Sen said at a ceremony to change heads of the government’s counter-drug office. “Please stop doing it.”

The remarks follow reports of rich or powerful officials paying extra money to traffic police and other authorities to help move them through traffic jams that are becoming more frequent in the capital.

Hun Sen is shuffling leadership of the National Authority for Combating Drugs from Interior Minister Sar Kheng to Gen. Ke Kim Yan, the former head of the armed forces who was sacked earlier this year.