PHNOM PENH, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday removed the rank of a two-star general and fired him from the National Police after he hosted a party during a lockdown, according to a royal decree.
Major General Ung Chanthuok, 46, deputy chief of staff of the National Police, along with two men, were arrested at his house in capital Phnom Penh's Meanchey district on Friday evening while he was having a drinking, dancing and singing party with a few dozens of his tenants.
Authorities said Chanthuok had seriously defied a 14-day lockdown imposed in Phnom Penh from April 15 to 28 to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The dismissal was made at the request of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, according to the royal decree.
Chanthuok will also be prosecuted under the kingdom's anti-COVID-19 law.
Cambodia has been enduring the third wave of community COVID-19 outbreak since Feb. 20. The Southeast Asian nation logged 291 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to 5,771, with 39 fatalities, the Ministry of Health said, adding that there are currently 3,311 active cases in the country.
The kingdom began an anti-COVID-19 inoculation drive on Feb 10. As of Friday, some 1.24 million out of the country's 16 million population had been vaccinated against the virus, showed a government report. Enditem