Law and judiciary

Legal and judicial system

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

Court delays activists’ hearing

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday postponed the hearing against three Borei Keila community activists who are being sued by a prominent tycoon in a decade-long land dispute. The dispute started in 2004 when residents in the capital’s Borei Keila neighbourhood were asked to ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-delays-activists-hearing

Ratanakiri authorities order halt to filling

Ratanakiri provincial authorities stopped a group of workers on Wednesday from filling in land near the popular O’ Boeung Kanseang lake in Banlung Town after they allegedly encroached on the natural lake. Boeung Kanseang district police chief Bou Phang said police halted the activities pending ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ratanakiri-authorities-order-halt-filling

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

Outrage at ‘Adhoc 5’ hearing as key witnesses absent and verdict looms

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday resumed the trial of the “Adhoc 5,” the name for a group of rights activists accused of bribing a hairdresser to lie about an alleged romantic relationship with jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha. The full-day hearing proceeded without ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/outrage-adhoc-5-hearing-key-witnesses-absent-and-verdict-looms

Villagers protest temple land sale

Khoy Sreng, a villager from Pou Thom village in the district’s Arey Ksat commune, said six teachers had colluded to sell the land, which is in the care of the Sarika Keo pagoda chief monk, without informing the authorities, the local community or the monks. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-protest-temple-land-sale

Preah Sihanouk protest over land dispute

Some 400 people in Preah Sihanouk province’s Stung Hav district on Friday protested in front of the provincial court demanding the release of four protesters who have been detained over a land dispute with a tycoon. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-protest-over-land-dispute

Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey Veng ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-sokha-requested-security

Release of Sokha on bail ‘amounts to house arrest’

Former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday on court-supervised bail due to unspecified health conditions, with one of his lawyers saying the conditions set were so strict they amounted to house arrest. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/release-sokha-bail-amounts-house-arrest

Sokha released with conditions

Opposition leader Kem Sokha was released on bail this morning after more than a year in pre-trial detention at Trapiang Thlong prison, also known as Correctional Centre 3 (CC3). He was held on treason charges. One of his lawyers Chan Chen confirmed the release and ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-sokha-released-conditions

Villagers held over Pursat illegal logging

Fourteen villagers arrested for illegal logging in Phnom Kravanh district by the national military police on Friday were released with a warning after they agreed not to repeat the offence, officials said. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-held-over-pursat-illegal-logging

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

Four in Pailin held for ‘mountain excavation’

The Pailin provincial court on Saturday put four men in pre-trial detention on charges of “illegal mountain excavation” after they were arrested for carving out a mountain in late August. Provincial forestry administration deputy director Min Ravuth identified the suspects as Da Lin, 41; Khe ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/four-pailin-held-mountain-excavation

Mine museum chiefs detained

The Siem Reap provincial court on Saturday put the founder of the Cambodia Landmine Museum and its senior officials in pre-trial detention on charges of illegal possession of weapons. This follows a fire on the premises after which authorities discovered old and rusty weapons in ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mine-museum-chiefs-detained

Emails in focus on sixth day of Ricketson trial

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was grilled on Tuesday, over his connections to the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and Sam Rainsy. It marked the sixth day of his hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court over espionage charges. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/emails-focus-sixth-day-ricketson-trial

Adhoc 5 key witnesses absent

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday postponed the hearing of five human rights activists dubbed the “Adhoc 5” due to the absence of key witnesses. Four officials from rights group Adhoc – Nay Vanda, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Lim Mony, and Ny Chakrya, ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/adhoc-5-key-witnesses-absent

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