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(28-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Gov’t to Intervene in Men Sarun Land Dispute About 1,000 people involved in a long-running land dispute gathered outside both the National Assembly and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday to deliver a petition asking the government to grant them titles to land they claim is theirs.

People from different communes and districts in Tbong Khmom province have been involved in a long land dispute with the Men Sarun Company and a number of tycoons and have asked the government to grant them land titles and investigate military officials who they claim ordered land grabs of their property.

(28-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Activist Says Lawsuit About Making Sokha ‘Afraid’ Former opposition party activist Thy Sovantha claimed yesterday that she filed a defamation lawsuit against Kem Sokha, the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), and demanded $1 million in compensation as a warning to the politician.

After appearing at Phnom Penh Municipal Court to answer questions about her complaint, which also included a demand to find the owner of the leaked audio tape that set the widespread controversy in motion, she confirmed that the main reason behind her lawsuit was to condemn Mr. Sokha’s behavior as he discredited her in the leaked audio tapes and to force him to think about the way he deals with women.

(28-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Bribery Charge for Commune Chief After a whole day of questioning, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) commune chief Seang Chet with bribing a witness after he allegedly gave $500 to the mother of Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom, and was detained in Prey Sar prison for further legal action.

Court spokesman Ly Sophana said the investigative judge decided to temporarily detain Mr. Chet for bribing a witness under Article 548 of the Penal Code and he could be sentenced from five to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

(28-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Hundreds protest Tbong Khmum land disputes in capital Several hundred protesters representing some 4,000 families from Tbong Khmum’s Memot and Dambe districts arrived in the capital yesterday to petition against powerful private interests they say are encroaching on their land.

The demonstrators submitted petitions to the National Assembly, the Ministry of Land Management, the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and the Anti-Corruption Unit. The disputes involve several different companies and local officials.

(28-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

CNRP’s Sun TV hung up by ‘radiation’ fears The Kandal provincial governor’s office issued a letter on Tuesday responding to a complaint filed by residents in February against the construction of an antenna for the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) proposed Sun TV channel.

The letter passed responsibility for dealing with the complaint to the ministries of land management, information and telecommunications, adding that no construction should take place until “a compromise is reached and local residents have given their approval”.

(28-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Adhoc officials grilled for hours over Chandaraty case Three of four Adhoc officials who submitted themselves for questioning in the Khom Chandaraty case emerged from Anti-Corruption Unit headquarters late last evening after a marathon session that saw at least one of them questioned for nearly 13 hours.

Senior Adhoc staffers Yi Soksan, Ny Sokha and Nay Vanda, all of whom were ordered to return for further questioning at 8 this morning, were summonsed last week following accusations by a 24-year-old salon worker that the rights group had asked her to lie to authorities about her alleged dealings with opposition deputy president Kem Sokha.

(28-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Of 16 who assaulted MPs, only three, all Bodyguard Unit members, face trial With three men set to face court today over the brutal bashing of two opposition lawmakers outside parliament last year, official documents have confirmed the accused are members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal Bodyguard Unit – while additional evidence suggests further involvement by the elite unit.

Mao Hoeung, 34; Sot Vanny, 45; and Chhay Sarith, 33, were due to appear at Phnom Penh Municipal Court this morning on charges of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and property damage in relation to the October 26 attack on CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea.

(28-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Beaten lawmakers to skip hearing Opposition lawmakers Kong Saphea and Nhay Chamroeun have opted to boycott this morning’s opening of the trial of three men – Chay Sarith, 33, Mao Hoeun, 34, and Suth Vanny, 45 – accused of beating them outside of the National Assembly in October.

Saphea said yesterday that he and Chamroeun, MPs for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), will not be present at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court because they believe Cambodian justice is a rigged game.

(28-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Prohibited From Erecting TV Antenna Authorities in Kandal province’s Takhmao City have banned the opposition CNRP from erecting a television antenna on land they purchased there for what is meant to be Cambodia’s first opposition-aligned station—a key element of the July 2014 political deal.

Takhmao governor Heng Thiem said authorities had decided on the ban following a February 19 complaint lodged by 21 families living around the land intended for the antenna for the CNRP’s “Sun TV” station in the city, located just south of Phnom Penh.

(28-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Commune Chief Jailed; Adhoc Staff Grilled An opposition commune chief was sent to prison and three senior officials from local rights group Adhoc were questioned late into the night on Wednesday over claims they convinced deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha’s alleged mistress to deny an affair.

With the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) inexplicably investigating the alleged relationship in tandem with anti-terrorism police, Seang Chet, the chief of a commune in Kompong Cham province, was on Sunday arrested after being accused of bribery.