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(29-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Land Dispute with Well-connected Company Drags on Thirty-four people gathered in front of the Kampong Chhnang provincial hall yesterday morning to submit a petition demanding a solution to their decade-long dispute with the politically-connected KDC International company.

The company is owned by the wife of Mines Minister Suy Sem, Chea Kheng.

(29-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Coming out: Film places ‘ladyboys’ at the fore Filmmaker Sok Visal’s new feature flips the script on traditional portrayals of LGBT characters in Cambodian cinema. Not because of some rights agenda, he says, but just to tell a human – and entertaining – story.

When actress and entertainer Poppy – born Leang Sothea – found herself in rural Kampong Chhnang last October on the set of her latest film, Poppy Goes to Hollywood, the villagers already knew her as “Miss Poppy”.

(29-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

‘Perverse’ Watchdog Needs a Leash: NGOs Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officials and anti-terrorism police continued to grill rights workers for a second day yesterday, following a marathon session on Wednesday that lasted until 11 pm over allegations they told the alleged mistress of opposition leader Kem Sokha, Khom Chandaraty (also known as Srey Mom), to lie about their relationship to police.

Three rights workers – Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Nai Vonda – were brought back to the ACU offices at 8 am yesterday for further questioning along with three new ones: Adhoc’s Lim Mony, National Election Committee deputy secretary-general Ny Chakrya and Silaka director Thida Khus. The ACU tried to bring in UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights officer Sally Soen, but Mr. Soen has immunity as a UN employee. Ms. Khus said she spent three hours at the ACU, 40 minutes of which were spent in the interrogation room, before being allowed to leave. The other five were still at the ACU late last night and according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, they were to be detained overnight.

(29-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Kampong Chhnang disputants’ water woes ‘ignored’ Some 34 families in Kampong Chhnang’s Lorpeang village yesterday filed a new petition at the provincial hall urging authorities to intervene in a nine-year land dispute with KDC International, which villagers say has reached a bottleneck and is affecting their daily lives.

Disputants also claim they are facing water shortages, but no one is coming to help.

(29-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

New ‘Sokha’ recording out amid ACU grilling Three senior Adhoc staffers resumed their questioning at the Anti-Corruption Unit yesterday and were joined by women’s rights advocate Thida Kus, Adhoc’s Lem Mony and the National Election Committee’s Ny Chakrya.

As they were grilled inside, yet another new purported audio recording of CNRP acting president Kem Sokha was released on Facebook, this featuring an alleged conversation with a Kampong Cham commune chief jailed on bribery charges.

(29-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Accused soldiers’ superior off-limits A Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge yesterday prohibited lawyers for two opposition lawmakers beaten outside parliament last year from probing the suspects for the name of their commander in the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit.

Soldiers Mao Hoeung, 34; Sot Vanny, 45; and Chhay Sarith, 33 – all members of the premier’s elite corp – yesterday faced their first day of trial, charged with intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and property damage over the October 26 attack on Cambodia National Rescue Party parliamentarians Kong Saphea and Nhay Chamroeun, who were dragged from their cars and beaten by at least 16 men.

(29-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Asks the King to Intervene, but Prince Says Bad Idea Fifty-three lawmakers from the CNRP have written to King Norodom Sihamoni asking him to intervene to end what they describe as the CPP’s absorption and abuse of state institutions, although a prominent royal member of the party said on Thursday that he believed the letter was unwise.

(29-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Runs Amok as Opposition Leaders Absent In his New York Times best-selling book “The 48 Laws of Power,” Robert Greene offers simple advice to the reader comfortable in power but threatened by hints of resistance: Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will scatter.

“Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual—the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoner of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence,” Mr. Green writes.

(29-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Graft Unit Grills Rights Workers; UN Stays Away The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) questioned officers of local human rights group Adhoc late into the evening for a second straight day on Thursday over claims that they had instructed the alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to deny their affair.

It followed the imprisonment of an opposition commune chief in Kompong Cham province on Wednesday for allegedly paying the sup- posed mistress, Khom Chandaraty, $500 to lie and say that she and Mr. Sokha had not had a sexual relationship. CNRP lawmaker Mao Monyvann said on Wednesday that the money came from concerned Cambodians in New Zealand and was meant only for Ms. Chandaraty’s mother, out of concern for her poverty.

(29-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Describes Beating Lawmaker One of three men on trial for the savage beating of two opposition lawmakers last year admitted in court on Thursday that he and his co-defendants were members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit, a claim vigorously denied by officials in the past.

Chay Sarith, 33; Mao Hoeun, 34; and Suth Vanny, 45, have been charged with intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and intentional property damage with aggravating circumstances for their role in the attack on CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea outside the National Assembly in October.