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(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Banned Chut Wutty film screened in capital Despite a government ban, a documentary about Chut Wutty was screened at several locations around Phnom Penh yesterday to mark the fourth anniversary of the environmentalist’s murder – but not without some interference.

The Ministry of Culture last week ordered the managers of the Meta House Café not to show the film on the grounds that the film had not been submitted for approval.

(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Adhoc denies ‘Srey Mom’ allegations Rights group Adhoc defended itself yesterday against allegations it had asked 24-year-old hairdresser Khom Chandaraty to lie about her alleged affair with CNRP acting president Kem Sokha, calling on Chandaraty to retract the claim.

At a press conference yesterday, Adhoc director Thun Saray said the organisation had extended Chandaraty legal services because she was distressed and scared when she approached them, but was taken aback when she changed her statement while appearing before the public prosecutor.

(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Asking about RCAF envelopes could be crime, says ACU boss The sons of Om Yentieng – the Anti-Corruption Unit chief who is personally spearheading widely criticised probes into opposition figures and members of civil society – have been promoted to “assistants” to the body and given higher ranks.

Slammed as “nepotistic” by one transparency advocate, news of the promotion came as Yentieng threatened legal action against yet another opposition figure, Khmer Power Party (KPP) president Sourn Seray Ratha, who had asked the anti-graft boss to clarify what was in envelopes he distributed to soldiers in Preah Vihear province on April 6.

(27-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Hun Sen Says Peace Trumps Free Expression A day after the ruling party filed a defamation complaint against one of the country’s most prominent political commentators, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday defended limitations on freedom of speech as being necessary for peace and stability.

(27-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Amid Sokha Probe, Maimed Starlet Speaks Out Feeding rice porridge to her young niece outside Phnom Penh’s Olympic Market in 1999, Tat Marina, then the 15-year-old mistress of CPP official Svay Sitha, was dragged to the ground by the official’s wife, who then poured a liter of flesh-eating nitric acid on her.

The savage act of revenge carried out in broad daylight left Ms. Marina’s lips burned to blisters; the skin on her face, neck, back, chest and wrists melted. Doctors had to remove her ears, and the music video star could not talk for months after.

(27-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Rights Group Says Anti-Corruption Unit’s Claims Baseless Adhoc president Thun Saray on Tuesday defended his rights group’s pro-bono legal representation of the alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, who last week rescinded her denials of the affair and accused Adhoc staff of convincing her to lie.

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng has summoned five of Adhoc’s rights workers, a U.N. official, an election administrator and a women’s rights advocate for questioning this week over Khom Chandaraty’s claim they urged her to lie about the affair.

(26-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Sex, Lies, Audio Tapes and the ACU It was a hectic day at the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) yesterday, with the nine employees of various nongovernmental organizations summoned after being accused by Khom Chandaraty of encouraging her to lie to police about audio tapes of intimate conversations she now says were between her and Kem Sokha, acting president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Five separate summonses were issued yesterday following the arrest of an opposition commune chief on Sunday after he said that he had given Ms. Chandaraty’s mother $500 to encourage her daughter to remain silent about allegations that she had had an affair with Mr. Sokha.

(26-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

New protected forest areas revealed Environment Minister Say Sam Al yesterday revealed the five areas to be included within 900,000 hectares of new protected forest announced last month.

At a workshop yesterday, Sam Al said they would include parts of Prey Lang, Krovanh Khang Tbong, Preah Rokar, Siem Pang Khang Lech and Vern Sai forests with further areas including land along the Mekong River, Tonle Sap lake and coastline to be considered.

(26-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Land dispute petitions lodged with government Five groups of land evictees marched to the Council of Ministers yesterday to submit petitions.

Between 30 and 40 evictees, from Chroy Changvar and a handful of other commuities involved in land disputes, were received by council adviser Seng Savorn who pledged to send the petitions to National Authority for Land Disputes and Resolution’s chairman, Bin Chhin.

(26-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Yentieng shuts down query into envelopes The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng, yesterday dismissed a request to explain the contents of envelopes he distributed to soldiers earlier this month by, in essence, declaring: we ask the questions, not you.

In a video clip posted to Facebook, Yentieng addressed a letter submitted by head of the Khmer Power Party, Sourn Serey Ratha, on April 8 asking for clarification regarding envelopes Yentieng gave to Division 3 troops in Preah Vihear during the ACU head’s visit to the border province on April 6.