‘Engineered’ corruption claims? Son of Cambodian PM Hun Sen raises suspicions as election nears

PHNOM PENH: Hun Many, the son of longtime Cambodian ruler Hun Sen and a potential future leader, has questioned the motive and timing of damning allegations of financial misconduct against one of the country’s leading officials.

In recent weeks, Al Jazeera raised stunning evidence of taxation chief Kong Vibol’s hidden fortunes and business impropriety in Australia, accusations being investigated by authorities there that could lead to charges and a prison sentence.

In an interview with Channel NewsAsia ahead of the general election on Jul 29, Many questioned whether those claims were “engineered” and argued that the proximity to the vote was “not by accident”.

“I am just saying that it is quite surprising that it happens always every five years, a few weeks, a few months before the election,” Many said.

“Whether it true or not true, it is in the capacity of the right authority to find out, to

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