Commune chief leads protest against Adhoc

A CPP commune chief in Battambang province led more than 150 villagers in a demonstration on Friday outside the local office of rights group Adhoc after a representative of the organization accused the official of corruption for allegedly selling plots of public land to local residents.

In an interview with Radio Free Asia on September 17, Adhoc provincial coordinator Yin Mengly accused Chhea Ny, the chief of Boeng Bram commune in Bavel district, of selling private plots inside a 3,638-hectare social land concession that was granted to 1,549 families in 2011.

Mr. Mengly told the news service that Mr. Ny cheated roughly 100 families out of 3 million riel, or about $750, each by promising them, in a public meeting on September 12, 40-square-meter residential plots and five hectares of farmland apiece in exchange for the money. …

Aun Pheap