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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

PM tells ministry to ‘work on’ bail for Rainsy plot supporters

Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Minister of Justice to work with prosecutors to release on bail under court supervision those activists who had supported Sam Rainsy’s plan to return and overthrow the government. Speaking at the inauguration of a cement factory in Kampot ...

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-tells-ministry-work-bail-rainsy-plot-supporters

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

Unlicensed doctors called by court

The Tbong Khmum provincial court on Monday summoned the first 17 medical practitioners, out of a total of 148, for questioning over allegations they were operating without permission from the provincial health department or the Ministry of Health. The remaining 131 have been summoned for ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unlicensed-doctors-called-court

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/

Court summons issued to Mother Nature founder

“I have my defence right to a court hearing as stated in an international covenant and Cambodian laws. My defence lawyer has tried for more than two-and-a-half years, since March 2016, to push for a hearing. The court dared not schedule a hearing until several ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-summons-issued-mother-nature-founder

Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-group-disappointed-be-denied-french-visas-attend-court

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

Journos: Drop RFA charges

Some 40 local and international journalists from several media outlets in Cambodia released an open letter on Thursday, calling for the court to drop charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters. The call comes following the release of journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/journos-drop-rfa-charges

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

‘Slow process causes overcrowding’

On Tuesday, Minister of the Interior Sar Kheng said slow judicial procedures and an ongoing crackdown on drugs are causing an increase in inmates in Cambodian prisons, resulting in serious concerns over prisoner welfare. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/slow-process-causes-overcrowding

Charges dropped against ‘forest clearance’ officials

A former investigating judge at Kampong Speu provincial court has dropped charges against two senior environment officials who had been sued for “malicious denunciation, forest clearing and land grabbing for private ownership”. The case dates back to 2010. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/charges-dropped-against-forest-clearance-officials

‘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

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