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House and Land Kong Koam Handed Over to MOFA Will Be Used By the NEC

PHNOM PENH: Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to transfer control of the land and house returned by Kong Koam to the National Election Committee (NEC) to facilitate the work of this state institution.

Royal Government Spokesperson, Phay Siphan, confirmed to EAC News that this was the Prime Minister’s decision at a cabinet meeting on Friday morning, 13 January 2023. He added that the Prime Minister had ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare documents to take back and convert the house and land into state property before transferring it to the NEC.

After the Anti-Corruption Unit investigated the encroachment of state land, Kong Koam and his wife, Seak Oy, decided to hand over the land and house back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The house and land are located in Village 5, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, with a land size of 5,290 square meters.

Kong Koam wrote in a letter to the ACU, "I would like to give my thumb-print for this decision from me and my wife without change, and would also like to thank the Anti-Corruption Unit and the Royal Government of Cambodia, especially the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who has favored this awkwardness of mine."

On Thursday night, 12 January, Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to revoke his lawsuit against Kong Koam after he and his wife decided to return the land and house originally owned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prime Minister Hun Sen made a post on his official Facebook page on Thursday night sharing the letter Kong Koam wrote to the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng, saying that he had decided to return the land and house in Chamkarmon district to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Prime Minister wrote, "Finally, the land and the house, which are state property, were returned by Kong Koam and his wife after the Anti-Corruption Unit spoke with Kong Koam and his family for three and a half hours. To sleep better at night, I decided not to sue him again, just to let him hand over this house to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which can be done next week."

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