Legal and judicial system

Judiciary and courts

Eight charged over protected land encroachment

Stung Treng Provincial Court has jailed eight villagers accused of encroaching a protected area in Thala Barivat district. They were charged under Article 62 of the Law on Environmental Protection and Natural Resource Management. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50705624/eight-charged-over-protected-land-encroachment/

King orders new appeal court staff appointments

King Norodom Sihamoni has issued a royal decree ordering the appointment of 18 judges across the three newly established regional Appeal Courts. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/king-orders-new-appeal-court-staff-appointments

Regional appeal courts set in motion

King Norodom Sihamoni has issued a royal decree ordering the opening of three regional appeal courts in Preah Sihanouk, Battambang and Tbong Khmum provinces.   ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/regional-appeal-courts-set-motion

Cambodian court under fire from opposition, NGOs on second day of Kem Sokha trial

A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access ...

Joshua Lipes
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/fire-01162020171920.html

Sokha’s treason trial begins

The treason trial of Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha began at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday with the presentation of a two-minute video clip. The footage, which was the basis of the charge against him, was dismissed by ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sokhas-treason-trial-begins

Security beefed up before Sokha trial

Security will be heightened across the Kingdom on Wednesday, especially in the capital and around the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in preparation for Kem Sokha’s treason trial. The former president of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was arrested in September 2017 and ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/security-beefed-sokha-trial

US told to refrain from interfering in Sokha case

Senior Cambodian officials said on Thursday that the US can monitor Kem Sokha’s trial as it wishes but would not be allowed to interfere in court procedures. The point was made in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on Wednesday at a ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/us-told-refrain-interfering-sokha-case

Oknha Sam Ol in court for Mondulkiri illegal logging

Following their arrest on Tuesday, tycoon Soeng Sam Ol, owner of the Master K Sun company, two supervisors and a driver were sent to Mondulkiri provincial court on Thursday on grounds of alleged illegal logging. Meanwhile, National Military Police commander Sao Sokha announced that the ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/oknha-sam-ol-court-mondulkiri-illegal-logging

Drop journalists’ ‘espionage’ charges, urges rights group

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement on Wednesday urging Cambodian authorities to drop espionage charges which it deemed politically motivated against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists and free them of court supervision. But Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin dismissed the statement ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drop-journalists-espionage-charges-urges-rights-group

140 ex-opposition members summoned by courts: rights group

Cambodian courts and police authorities have summoned a total of 140 ex-members of the opposition party in recent weeks, a local human rights group said, as government efforts to intimidate and suppress the opposition continue more than a year after the party was banned. Dozens of ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/ex-opposition-members-summoned-by-courts-rights-group/4930060.html

Court summons Sok Touch over KRP complaint

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued a summons for Royal Academy of Cambodia president Sok Touch to appear before it on Friday over alleged incitement and abuse of power. The lawsuit was brought by the Khmer Rise Party after Mr Touch said its thumbprint movement, ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50601841/court-summons-sok-touch-over-krp-complaint/

Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon

The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/former-chief-bodyguard-receives-royal-pardon

Sar Kheng: Return of Sokha up to courts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Thursday that the reinstatement of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s political rights, which would open the door for his possible return to the political stage, was purely dependent on legal proceedings as his court case is ongoing. ...

Mech Dara and Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-return-sokha-courts

Activists have charges dropped

Phnom Penh Municipal Court dropped the charges against three land activists on December 14, rejecting the accusations of extortion and property damage brought against the trio by the owner of a development company.​ ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-have-charges-dropped

‘No more Khmer Rouge leaders left to stand trial’

Friday’s verdict in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan has been hailed as “historic” for “Cambodia and all humanity”, while Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said no further cases of its kind would be brought to court. “There are ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-more-khmer-rouge-leaders-left-stand-trial

‘Historic’ Khmer Rouge tribunal Case 002/2 verdict to be delivered

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are to deliver the verdict on Friday, in the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in a pronouncement hailed as a “historic event for Cambodia and the world”. The verdict from ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-kr-tribunal/historic-khmer-rouge-tribunal-case-0022-verdict-be-delivered

Four villagers guilty of encroaching on land

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday found four villagers guilty of clearing and encroaching on land belonging to businessman Tan Tap in Stung Hav district. Each villager was sentenced to a year in prison, but after five months were suspended and with time served, each have ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50539215/four-villagers-guilty-of-encroaching-on-land/

Final verdict Boeung Kak activists await ruling

Two prominent Boeung Kak activists are set to see an end to their years-long legal struggle with a final verdict set to be delivered on October 5. The Supreme Court had rejected their plea to restart an investigation into Daun Penh district security guards’ nighttime ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/final-verdict-boeung-kak-activists-await-ruling

CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-behave-or-sokha-suffers

Land dispute hits Thai court

A Thai civil court has accepted a class action suit filed by Cambodian land victims from Oddar Meanchey province against sugar producer Mitr Phol. However, it ordered the disputing parties to mediate on Thursday before the court proceeds with legal procedures. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/land-dispute-hits-thai-court

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