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Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit receives 800 complaints in 8 months…all ministry heads included by Chinese New Yearr

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 27, (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has received about 800 corruption-related complaints in the first eight months of this year, exceeding the whole last year of only 700 cases, Om Yintieng, ACU’s Chairman, said Thursday.

“Among the 800 complaints, a half of them are made in conditions of anonymity,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an anti-corruption seminar. “So far, we have investigated about 30 percent of the complaints, and in some cases, arrests will be made next week or next month.”

Cambodia is riddled with bribery and corruption. The Government of Cambodia sees corruption as obstacles to economic development, rule of law, democracy, social stability, as well as the main cause of poverty.

The country made the anti-corruption law and promulgated it on April 17, 2010; then, in the same year, the ACU was launched.

Since the launch, a number of corrupt officials in ministries and armed forces, and court judges and prosecutors have been brought to court for punishment.

According to the law, a corrupt official will be jailed between 5 years and 15 years.

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