Kampong Thom Provincial Police Chief Suspended over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Ouk Kosal has been suspended from his post of Kampong Thom provincial police chief after four female officers accused him of sexual harassment. (Photo from Ouk Kosal's Facebook)

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has temporarily suspended Ouk Kosal, the Kampong Thom provincial police chief who stands accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment.



PHNOM PENH--The Minister of the Interior Sar Kheng on Thursday (Aug. 13) decided to temporarily suspend the work of Ouk Kosal as Kampon Thom’s provincial police chief in relation to sexual harassment allegations.



An order dated Aug. 12, 2020 detailed Kheng’s decision to “temporarily suspend the work of Major General Ouk Kosal from the Kampong Thom Provincial Police Commissioner.”



Kosal must present himself at every working hour to wait for a new decision, the order noted.



There is still minimal detail available in terms of further actions that Kosal may be facing or how the investigation into the sexual harassment claims is progressing.



On Aug. 11, Minister of the Interior Sar Kheng ordered National Police Chief General Neth Savoeun and Provincial Governor Sok Lou to investigate Kampong Thom Provincial Police Chief Ouk Kosal in relation to sexual harassment following complaints filed to the Interior Ministry by a group of female police officers.



Four female police officers filed a complaint with the Interior Ministry and have called on Interior Minister Kheng to help them find justice and take action against Kosal for sexual harassment and assault at the workplace.


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