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Judges, prosecutors ‘disciplined’

Twelve judges and five prosecutors were verbally “disciplined” yesterday during a meeting of the Supreme Council of Magistracy presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni. Sam Prachea Manith, spokesman for the council, declined to name the people singled out. “This is for a small mistake that they forgot ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/judges-prosecutors-disciplined

Eyes on Sokha not welcome: lawyers

Jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha’s lawyers have said that they are under surveillance during meetings with their client in Tbong Khmum’s Trapaing Thlong prison, which they yesterday called a violation of their rights ensuring client-attorney conversations are confidential. ...

Chhay Channyda and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eyes-sokha-not-welcome-lawyers

Legal firm to help elite gain dual citizenship

A NEW international law firm is preparing to set up shop to provide foreign citizenship or residency services to Cambodia’s wealthy elite by helping to facilitate large overseas investments as well as business expansion plans. ...

Matthieu de Gaudemar
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/legal-firm-help-elite-gain-dual-citizenship

Courts ‘must solve’ corruption conundrum

Cambodia’s judicial system is troubled by a cycle of corruption, with both sides of the bench accusing the other of perpetuating the practice of bribery, Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng said on Thursday at the inauguration of the new bar association president. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/courts-must-solve-corruption-conundrum-123755/

Former bar president back on top

Twelve years after being ousted as president of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) amid a bitter dispute with the prime minister’s attorney, human rights lawyer Suon Visal has been voted back into the lawyer association’s top position. ...

Kim Sarom
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/former-bar-president-back-top

Magistracy meet calls for order in the court

Judge and prosecutors were called to a two-day workshop to address the sector’s pervasive ethics challenges, but legal experts said change could not occur until there were concrete rules, instead of vague moral guidelines. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/magistracy-meet-calls-order-court

After dispute, ACU to monitor judicial exams

Following a long delay due to a dispute between the Royal Acad­e­my for Judicial Profes­sion­als and the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), the annual exam for pros­pective judges has been rescheduled for next month, officials said on Tuesday. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/after-dispute-acu-to-monitor-judicial-exams-106507/

Police accuse firm, Oknha of illegal logging

In a rare move, the National Police on Monday leveled accusations of illegal logging against a number of government-granted economic land concessions (ELCs) in the eastern province of Mondolkiri, singling out a Chinese-owned rubber plantation and wealthy businessman Soeng Sam Ol. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/police-accuse-firm-oknha-of-illegal-logging-104389/

ACU battles judicial association on corruption

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has refused to supervise the upcoming exam for new judges organized by the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions (RAJP), claiming that the RAJP “lacks the will” to work with them on fighting against widespread judicial corruption. ...

Tin Sokhavuth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/18224/acu-battles-judicial-association-on-corruption/

ACU rejects request to observe exam

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has rejected a request from the Royal Academy for Judicial Professionals to provide observers at the upcoming exam for new judges and prosecutors, according to a letter posted to the unit’s website on Sunday. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/acu-rejects-request-to-observe-exam-101450/

Court rejects injunction against Sonando’s party

A court complaint lodged by the vice president of charismatic radio station owner Mam Sonando’s political party seeking its eventual dissolution has been thrown out of court. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/court-rejects-injunction-against-sonandos-party-100070/

Fifty-five young judges and prosecutors sworn in

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana on Monday presided over the swearing-in of 55 recent graduates of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions as judges and prosecutors at the Royal Palace’s throne hall in Phnom Penh. ...

Aun Chhengpor
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/fifty-five-young-judges-and-prosecutors-sworn-in-91359/

Meas Muth’s neighbors: opinions never sought

With criticism mounting in recent months over the failure of police to carry out an arrest warrant for Khmer Rouge navy commander Meas Muth, the Interior Ministry has said that it needs to gauge public opinion before taking action. ...

George Wright and Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/meas-muths-neighbors-opinions-never-sought-90904/

Criticism mounts over charge against local rights defender

Human Rights Watch on Thursday added its voice to the criticism of Cambodia’s judiciary for defamation charges brought against Ny Chakyra, a senior human rights advocate who accused two judicial officials in Siem Reap province of misconduct in their handling of a land dispute. ...

Simon Henderson and Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/criticism-mounts-over-charge-against-local-rights-defender-90217/

Bar association accuses rights monitor of legal interference

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia on Tuesday wrote to local rights group Adhoc accusing its head of monitoring, Ny Chakrya, of flouting legal practice by ordering the NGO’s lawyers to hand over for examination all documents relating to cases they defend. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/bar-association-accuses-rights-monitor-of-legal-interference-89831/

KR tribunal judge resigns amid police inaction

Mark Harmon, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s international co-investigating judge, announced Tuesday that he was stepping down from his position following almost a year of inaction by judicial police in executing arrest warrants in two government-opposed cases. ...

George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kr-

RCAF officers behind illegal mine operation

The director of the Mondolkiri provincial mines and energy department Tuesday identified the operators of an illegal gold mine that was shut down last week as Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officers. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rcaf-officers-behind-illegal-mine-operation-85287/

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