Law and judiciary

Legal and judicial system

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

Jailed CNRP 14 receive royal pardon

In a royal decree signed on Monday night, King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned 14 former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials, including senior official Meach Sovannara, at the request of prime minister-designate Hun Sen. They were released last night. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/jailed-cnrp-14-receive-royal-pardon

Former KPP leader pardoned by King

King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday granted a royal pardon to former Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha, who had been jailed for just over a year after being convicted of inciting military personnel disobedience and demoralising the army. .. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50526482/former-kpp-leader-pardoned-by-king-2/

Leader in Koh Kong land dispute is jailed

Heng Sok, who represented 50 families in a land dispute with Oknha Ly Yong Phat was sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined two million riel ($500) by the Koh Kong Provincial Court on Tuesday, on a charge of “using violence on a property ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/leader-koh-kong-land-dispute-jailed

RFA ‘spies’ released on bail

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday freed on bail, two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters, who were charged with espionage. Oun Chhin, 49, and Yeang Sochea Meta (Sothearin), 35, were arrested by the Meanchey district authorities on November 14, last year, and spent ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rfa-spies-released-bail

Boeung Kak’s Vanny is released

Boeung Kak community land activist Tep Vanny was freed from Prey Sar prison on Monday night after a release warrant was issued by Phnom Penh Municipal Court. This followed a Royal Pardon from King Norodom Sihamoni. Three other Boeung Kak land activists were also released ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/boeung-kaks-vanny-released

Kampong Speu lawyer sued for defamation in land case

Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organization director Chea Hean appeared for questioning on Wednesday over a case against Kampong Speu provincial deputy prosecutor Tong Ratana. Ratana is being sued by Sieng Samen for “defamation, and preventing private land clearing”. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-lawyer-sued-defamation-land-case

Women lack full rights at Appeal Court

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has released an observational report on the rights of woman defendant’s at the Appeal Court, claiming that many weren’t granted due process. Having monitors attend 453 trials from December 2016 to June this year, CCHR found that there ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/women-lack-full-rights-appeal-court

High Court orders release of 8 VN logging suspects

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Mondulkiri provincial authority to release on bail eight Vietnamese nationals who have been imprisoned for more than six months over an illegal timber trade. At an hour-long trial in absentia, the Supreme Court ordered the eight Vietnamese to ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/high-court-orders-release-8-vn-logging-suspects

The European Commission backs up EU’s demands

The European Commission (EC) has reiterated the European Union’s (EU) demand for the immediate release of opposition leader Kem Sokha and called on Cambodia to take the necessary measures to ensure that the court-dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) be swiftly reversed. ...

Mech Dara and Vong Sokheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/european-commission-backs-eus-demands

EU donates €3.5M to the KR Tribunal

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced on Monday that the European Union (EU) has pledged a total of €3.5 million ($4.1 million) to support it in 2018, according to its press officer, Neth Peaktra. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-donates-eu35m-kr-tribunal

Preah Sihanouk governor wants court to grant bail to four land protesters

The Preah Sihanouk provincial governor has sent a request to the provincial court to review and consider granting bail to four villagers who were arrested during a land dispute protest last month in order to appease protestors at his office. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50502800/preah-sihanouk-governor-wants-court-to-grant-bail-to-four-land-protesters/

Vietnamese logger’s release appealed

The Ratanakkiri provincial prosecutor on Monday filed a complaint with the Appeal Court against a decision made by the province’s investigating judge, San Bunthoeun, to release a Vietnamese timber trader, a court spokesman said. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnamese-loggers-release-appealed

Court told to act against former opposition leader for insulting King

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana has ordered the Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor to begin legal proceedings against the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM) president, Sam Rainsy, for “insulting” the King, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin told The Post. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-told-act-against-former-opposition-leader-insulting-king

Member of KNLF faces court

Phnom Penh Municipal Court heard a case on Thursday against a member of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), designated a terrorist group in the Kingdom, for holding a press conference last year in which he called for the government to release political prisoners, with ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/member-knlf-faces-court

Injunction delayed for Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has extended the deadline for an injunction issued against the Phnom Penh Post that instructed it to pay $260,000 in compensation to its former CEO Chris Dawe, who sued the newspaper over wrongful dismissal. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50483299/injunction-delayed-for-phnom-penh-post/

Cambodia: 20 years after Pol Pot

Twenty years ago, on April 15, 1998, Pol Pot, the leader of Cambodia’s genocidal government during the late 1970s, died in his sleep at the age of 73. Born Saloth Sar, Pol Pot was never held accountable for the crimes committed during the three years, eight ...

George Chigas
https://www.slguardian.org/cambodia-20-years-after-pol-pot/

Ex-Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha to remain in jail before trial: Appeal Court

Former Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is to remain in jail while awaiting his trial after the Appeal Court on Tuesday (Mar 27) upheld the decision of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to extend his pre-trial detention by an additional six months. ...

Ouch Sony
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/ex-cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-to-remain-in-jail-10080296

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