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Former consul-general questioned in court over alleged corruption

Kruy Limheng, a former Cambodian consul-general for Kunming city, in China’s Yunnan province. Facebook

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday questioned Kruy Limheng, a former Cambodian consul-general for Kunming city, in China’s Yunnan province, over alleged corruption.

Court spokesman Kuch Kimlong said in a message that a court prosecutor had received Limheng’s case from the Anti-Corruption Unit during the morning.

According to government-aligned website Fresh News, Limheng was arrested last week after committing alleged crimes while at the Cambodian consulate in Kunming from 2016 to 2018.

Koy Kuong, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman, confirmed that Limheng headed the consulate from 2016 to 2018, but declined further comment.

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability executive director San Chey welcomed the prosecution, saying misappropriation of public funds was a widespread problem that should be more strictly monitored.

“It would be good to implement this law correctly,” Chey said.

Previous examples of corruption among government officials included the directors of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Pursat provincial land management department. He suspected that gambling operations and logging networks demanded more scrutiny over their legality.

Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yentieng could not be reached for comment.

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