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Friday, 1 July 2016

Cambodian PM reinstates senior police officer who insults traffic policeman

Cambodian PM reinstates senior police officer who insults traffic policeman
Source:Xinhua   2016-06-30 

PHNOM PENH, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday reinstated Lieutenant General Mam Srim Vanna as the deputy director-general of the General Department of Immigration.

Earlier in the day, Hun Sen signed a sub-decree to remove the general from his position after he insulted a traffic policeman in a quarrel over traffic law violation.

"To give an opportunity to the official, who has made strenuous efforts to serve the nation and has accepted his mistake, I decide to nullify the sub-decree that I signed this morning in the case of Gen. Mam Srim Vanna," the prime minister wrote on his Facebook page.

Vanna was reinstated after he met on Thursday with the traffic policeman whom he insulted, and gave him an apology.

Vanna argued with the traffic policeman when he violated a traffic light while driving a car in Phnom Penh on Monday and refused a fine by the policeman, according to a video clip posted on social media.

The general insulted the policeman by calling him "Ar traffic police." Ar is a derogatory term used for children or younger people.

Hun Sen said the term not only insulted the subordinates, but also looked down upon the whole unit of the traffic police.

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