Legal and judicial system

Criminal litigation

Vanny maintains innocence

Jailed activist Tep Vanny yesterday maintained her innocence and called on the judge to overturn her conviction in a hearing at the Appeal Court yesterday, as about 80 protesters demonstrated for her release outside. ...

Niem Chheng and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vanny-maintains-innocence

Prison Sentences Handed Down in Mondolkiri Child Torture Case

The Mondolkiri Provincial Court this morning sentenced Dutch man Stefan Struik, 53, to two years in prison for helping his Vietnamese boyfriend, Nguyen Thanh Dung, 34, flee the country after videos of Mr. Nguyen torturing a 2-year-old Cambodian boy were posted on Facebook. ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/breakingnews/prison-sentences-handed-mondolkiri-child-torture-case-132490/

Suspected sand exports to VN stopped in Mondulkiri

The Mondulkiri Provincial Court and mines and energy officials said they are investigating illegal sand exports to Vietnam following the questioning of four people who were intercepted yesterday by authorities driving truckloads of sand toward the eastern border. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/suspected-sand-exports-vietnam-stopped-mondulkiri

Boeung Kak residents testify on assault

Five of the 11 members of the Boeung Kak lake community who were beaten by police while peacefully protesting at Wat Phnom in 2013 and later filed a lawsuit against district officials were called to testify at the Ministry of Interior yesterday. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25408/boeung-kak-residents-testify-on-assault/

Gov’t says Rainsy may not Skype with court

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s request to be questioned remotely by court officials in his latest defamation case cannot be allowed, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry said on Sunday. ...

Ouch Sony and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-says-rainsy-may-not-skype-with-court-104296/

Scholars say empathy, forgiveness key to reconciling Khmer Rouge crimes

Empathy and forgiveness should be at the heart of efforts to heal the wounds of Cambodia’s tragic history, according to academics attending a recent symposium. Kosal of Brooklyn College added that the tribunal might not be an effective mechanism to achieve reconciliation and healing for ...

Say Mony
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/scholars-say-empathy-forgiveness-key-to-reconciling-khmer-rouge-crimes/3104174.html

Tycoon appeals weapons charges

Convicted tycoon Thong Sarath yesterday began an appeal of his June conviction for possessing and using illegal weapons.He was arrested in April after allegedly masterminding the assassination of another construction magnate, Ung Meng Cheu, in November last year. ...

Kim Sarom
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tycoon-appeals-weapons-charges

Officials set for murder probe

The prime minister has selected 14 senior officials – all members of the ruling party – to probe the cold-case murders of three union leaders, including Free Trade Union (FTU) president Chea Vichea, though scepticism remains about the timing and motivation behind the new investigation.According ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-set-murder-probe

Cambodian court sentences opposition party activists on ‘insurrection charges’

A Cambodian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 opposition party activists to prison terms of up to 20 years on insurrection charges for participating in a protest that turned violent, prompting the defendants’ lawyers and rights groups to denounce the harsh penalties. ...

Morm Moniroth
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/court-sentences-opposition-party-activists-on-insurrection-charges-07212015164619.html

Tycoon sought in brutal attack

A real estate tycoon accused of launching a brutal attack on a well-known TV presenter at a Phnom Penh restaurant is reported to have fled Cambodia after leaked security camera footage of the incident began to circulate on the internet on Wednesday. A warrant has been ...

Sou Vuthy, Buth Reaksmey Kongkea and Charles Parkinson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tycoon-sought-brutal-attack

Bail granted for woman accused in mother's death

A Koh Kong woman, who a representative of the rights group Adhoc says was falsely accused of killing her mother in order to steal nearly 400 grams of gold, was released on bail on Friday. ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bail-granted-woman-accused-mothers-death

Cold-case union killings to be probed

The government has formed a special inter-ministerial commission to investigate the murders of three union leaders, including the slaying of former Free Trade Union (FTU) president Chea Vichea, whose brother and successor was yesterday among voices cynical of the move. The directive, signed by Prime Minister ...

Meas Sokchea and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cold-case-union-killings-be-probed

Hun Sen orders re-opening of three union murder cases

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the formation of a special committee to investigate cold-case murders of several labor leaders. The most prominent killing, of popular unionist Chea Vichea, took place in January 2004. Leaders Hy Vuthy and Ros Sovannareth were killed in 2004 and 2007, ...

Neou Vannarin
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/hun-sen-orders-reopening-of-threeunion-murder-cases/2836787.html

Judge says probe yields no evidence

No evidence was found to incriminate a woman suspected of killing her own mother and stealing more than 370 grams of gold, according to Koh Kong Provincial Court’s investigating judge. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/judge-says-probe-yields-no-evidence

Teen tried over killing of abbot

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of a former teenage monk accused of the murder of one of his superiors, allegedly while he was being reprimanded. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/teen-tried-over-killing-abbot

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