[QODLink]
Asia-pacific
Cambodia cracks down on corruption
High-profile arrests hailed, but government faces accusations that anti-graft campaign is politically motivated.
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2011 08:10

Cambodia's government has set out to tackle corruption in the nation with the establishment of a new anti-corruption unit.

The government says anyone caught taking bribes, regardless of economic or political standing, will be jailed. In the last year the unit has arrested the head of the government anti-drug trafficking agency and convicted a lead prosecutor for multiple cases of kidnapping and extortion.

In a nation where corruption is endemic, and where even some children pay bribes to attend school, the recent arrests have boosted the government's track record on the issue, but members of the opposition are beginning to question why all the cases tried so far concern come from parties not aligned with the prime minister.

Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Phnom Pehn

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.