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Top cop beats bank employee with phone

30 January 2012, 18:55

Phnom Penh - An irate police general allegedly beat a bank employee with a mobile phone in Cambodia after the worker refused to cash a cheque, national media reported on Monday.

Representatives from Canadia Bank in the western city of Poipet filed a complaint against Major General Sok Lihuoth, accusing him of intentional violence, the Cambodia Daily newspaper reported.

The officer allegedly became enraged after the bank employee had declined his wife's request to cash a cheque worth more than $14 000 on Thursday. The cheque had been made out to him.

Keang Keatly said the officer hit him on the head with a phone and yelled: "Do you know who I am?"

A bank official said there was video of the incident. A provincial military police commander said the major general had fled.

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