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Declare assets, Hun Sen tells state officials

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered officials yesterday to declare their assets to the Anti-Corruption Unit before January 31.

"There are only 10 days left. I have already declared my assets," he told a land title ceremony in Stung Treng, noting late declarations will be punished.

Between January 1 and 20, about two thirds - 62 per cent - of 23,000 officials declared their wealth.

Since 2011, declarations of assets are made every two years by government and military officers starting at the levels of department chiefs and colonels.

Lawmakers are also required to make declarations along with commune, province, city and district councillors, as well as heads of civil society groups.

Meanwhile, Cambodian Independent Teachers Association President Rong Chhun asked Hun Sen to drop charges against exiled opposi?tion leader Sam Rainsy.

He also called for the release of detained Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, Khmer Civilisation Foundation President Moeung Sonn and land activist Youm Bopha to mark the King Father's funeral next month.

"Cambodians respect and praise the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk as the father of independence, territorial integrity, national reconciliation and unity," he said in a letter to the prime minister.

"During the final farewell for the late King Father, please help … drop charges against Sam Rainsy, and release Mam Sonando, Moeung Sonn and Youm Bopha."

Hun Sen and other govern?ment officials have frequently rejected calls to drop charges against Sam Rainsy and Mam Sonando during the cremation ceremony on February 4.

The Ministry of Justice said earlier this month at least 400 prisoners would be released or have their sentences reduced to mark the royal funeral.

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