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

Sokha charge calls are ‘judicial interference’

A Ministry of Justice spokesman and Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office at Geneva (Unog) have described demands for the treason charge against Kem Sokha to be dropped as tantamount to interference in the judiciary. Rhona Smith, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sokha-charge-calls-are-judicial-interference

Preah Sihanouk land dispute residents urged to provide evidence

Twenty-three residents of Preah Sihanouk province’s Bit Traing commune in Prey Nop district, who are entrenched in an eight-year land dispute, were urged on Wednesday by the Ministry of Justice to submit legal documents as proof of ownership to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court. “We do ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-land-dispute-residents-urged-provide-evidence

Committee to manage criminal seizures formed

The ministries of Economy and Finance, and Justice have established a committee to manage property seized from crime, a document signed by the respective ministers said. The “Managing Committee of Confiscated Property” is to handle the sale of items transferred from the courts after a ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/committee-manage-criminal-seizures-formed

Gov’t reviews access to information law draft

A fifth iter-ministerial meeting was held on Wednesday to continue reviewing and discussing the first draft of the Access to Information Law, even as civil society called on the ministries to accelerate its discussions.​ Following the meeting, which was led by the Ministry of Information, ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-reviews-access-information-law-draft

Deputy prosecutor suspended for ‘clearing’ mangrove forest

Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana on Monday temporarily suspended Kampong Thom provincial deputy prosecutor Chea Sovanthet after he was alleged to have been involved in the clearing 10ha of mangrove forest with 17 tractors. Vong Vathana’s missive to the provincial prosecutor on Monday said ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deputy-prosecutor-suspended-clearing-mangrove-forest

Government responds to UN human rights concerns

Government officials on Monday hit back at UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) criticisms expressed ahead of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scheduled for next month.​ ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-responds-un-human-rights-concerns

Government to address prison issues

Prime Minister Hun Sen will allow the ministries of Interior and Justice, and relevant institutions to convene with the aim of solving the problem of prison overcrowding. Interior Minister Sar Kheng requested the meeting due to the rapid increase in convicted felons, according to Chin ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-address-prison-issues

NGO: Use bail to tackle ‘appalling’ overcrowding

The number of people being held in Cambodian prisons has reached epidemic proportions, leading to overcrowding and corruption, and causing families to suffer unnecessarily, claims a report by local NGO Licadho. However, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin rejected the findings, saying the rise in ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-use-bail-tackle-appalling-overcrowding

Legal policy on marginalised groups finished by gov’t, EU

Ministry of Justice and the European Union (EU) experts have finalised the draft policy to provide legal aid to marginalised groups in rural areas in the Kingdom. The ministry and the EU completed the draft during their Technical Support for Legal Aid Policy Development workshop ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/legal-policy-marginalised-groups-finished-govt-eu

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

Discussion on petroleum law resumes

With the first drop of crude oil from the Apsara oilfield expected by next year, officials gathered on Thursday to discuss the much-awaited law on petroleum. Representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Justice were ...

Chea Vannak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50479974/discussion-on-petroleum-law-resumes/

UN envoy voices concern to government

UN special Rapporteur Rhona Smith officially commenced her latest visit to the Kingdom yesterday, meeting with the Ministry of Justice to raise concerns over a slew of legislative and constitutional amendments undertaken as part of the government’s recent crackdown on political dissent. ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-envoy-voices-concern-government

Lèse majesté law now in effect

A set of controversial laws and constitutional amendments was quietly signed by Senate President Say Chhum in place of the King last week, going into effect immediately despite the Justice Ministry previously claiming there would be a promulgation period. ...

Niem Chheng and Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/lese-majeste-law-now-effect

Whistleblower law nearly done: ACU

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) boss Om Yentieng has said the Kingdom’s whistleblower and witness protection draft law was nearly complete, while at the same time lashing out at Transparency International Cambodia for not assisting in the process, something the group flatly denied. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/whistleblower-law-nearly-done-acu

Sokha laywers snub questions

Jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha’s lawyers yesterday boycotted the questioning of their client on “treason” charges at Trapaing Phlong Prison to protest the judge’s decision not to question him at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.​ ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokha-laywers-snub-questions

Sokha questioned on family’s private lives

Jailed former opposition leader Kem Sokha was questioned by a judge in prison yesterday, according to his lawyers, who classified the questioning as “aggressive” and “inappropriate”. ...

Ben Sokhean and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sokha-questioned-familys-private-lives

Violent criminals among pardonees

Among the 50 prisoners who were pardoned or received sentence reductions for the Water Festival this year, several were convicted of serious crimes, such as rape, murder and human trafficking, according to a review of the roster included in the most recent Royal Book. ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/violent-criminals-among-pardonees

PM sues Lay Sreng for ‘defamation’ over phone call comments

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s lawyer yesterday filed a lawsuit against former Deputy Prime Minister Lu Lay Sreng for defamation over comments made during a private phone conversation leaked to social media. ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-sues-lay-sreng-defamation-over-phone-call-comments

Government rejects pilot project for offenders to do community service

A senoir Justice Ministry official said a pilot project to increase bail approvals and community service sentencing for small-time offenders would be impossible, weeks after the project was announced during the visit of a United Nations human rights official. ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-rejects-pilot-project-offenders-do-community-service

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