Supreme court upholds 2018 “Adhoc 5” bribery convictions
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the 2018 bribery convictions of five current and former staffers of human rights group Adhoc, concluding the appeal process in a criminal case that critics have said failed to substantiate the charges. ...
Verdicts, sentences upheld in Adhoc ‘witness bribery’ case
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court of Appeal on May 23 delivered a ruling in the cases of four ADHOC officials and one former official of the local rights group, upholding the lower court’s guilty verdict in all of their cases. ...
Appeal trial held for ‘Adhoc 5’ over bribery case
The Court of Appeal on Thursday heard the case of the “Adhoc 5”, five current and former staffers of the rights group who in September 2018 were found guilty of bribing a mistress of former opposition leader Kem Sokha. ...
Adhoc report false: officials
Officials from the Pursat and Mondulkiri provincial administrations have rejected the findings of a new Adhoc report which claimed that wrongful arrest, allegations and detention of people involved in land disputes was rampant, and that corruption was rife in the mediation of such cases. ...
Ministry dismisses NGO report on fundamental freedoms
The government yesterday dismissed as being inccurate a joint report by three NGOs claiming that fundamental freedoms in the Kingdom continue to be restricted. ...
‘Anarchic’ cottage residents agree to relocate willingly
Forty-five families from Commune IV in Preah Sihanouk province’s Mittapheap district on Thursday said they would willingly dismantle their makeshift homes and relocate in exchange for 5m by 20m plots of land in Kbal Chhay district. ...
Ministry orders demolition of Sihanoukville building
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction ordered a nine-storey building in Sihanoukville’s Mittapheap district to be demolished after deeming it technically inadequate and of poor quality. ...
Sihanoukville buildings encroaching on pavement demolished
Sihanoukville authorities demolished two buildings on Wednesday that encroached on the pavement, dismantled seven canvas structures and dug up five stone terraces after their owners failed to comply with repeated instructions to remove the obstructing structures themselves. ...
Unlicensed doctors called by court
The Tbong Khmum provincial court on Monday summoned the first 17 medical practitioners, out of a total of 148, for questioning over allegations they were operating without permission from the provincial health department or the Ministry of Health. The remaining 131 have been summoned for ...
Unlicensed doctors to face legal action
Some 393 unlicensed doctors who dispensed medical treatment in Svay Rieng province will face legal action, the head of the provincial Health Department Ke Rotha said on Sunday. He said he had sent their names to the provincial court last week for illegally providing health ...
Report: Sihanoukville crimes increase 25%
Crimes in Preah Sihanouk province rose by 21 cases to 105 last year compared to 84 in 2017 – a 25% increase – said a report revealed at the closing ceremony of the annual achievement and goal setting by Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Wednesday. ...
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, ...
Ratanakkiri villagers accuse authorities of land grab
Tumpuon ethnic minorities residing in Seda commune, in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district, on Monday accused authorities of colluding to sell 100 hectares of protected land in the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary that they say belongs to the community ...
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Four villagers charged, while two freed in land clearing case
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Sunday charged four out of six villagers over the clearing of land in Stung Hav district, a rights worker said yesterday. Cheap Sotheary, Adhoc’s provincial coordinator, said military police officers arrested six people who were on disputed land owned by ...
Legal aid budget to rise by half
The government is to give the Bar Association a 50 percent boost in the legal aid budget by 2018 to pay lawyers who defend the poor for free. ...
Tax Department reaches out to NGOs
At least three local NGOs have been called for questioning by the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s Taxation Department to clarify their tax payments, amid an aggressive tax collection campaign that has recently gone after media outlets the Cambodia Daily, Voice of America and Radio ...
Leonie Kijewski and Niem Chheng
Reeling From Detention, Adhoc 5 Stay Defiant
After 427 days behind bars, the Adhoc 5 have been enjoying their first weekend of liberty after being released from prison on bail on Thursday night. ...
‘Adhoc 5’ released on bail in case widely seen as political
In a surprise move, four human rights workers and an election official, collectively known as the “Adhoc 5”, were released from pretrial detention yesterday evening, 427 days after they were taken into custody on bribery charges relating to an opposition sex scandal. ...
Yon Sineat, Ananth Baliga and Mech Dara
‘Adhoc 5’ investigation concluded; trial awaits
The 13-month investigation into five current and former human rights workers known as the ‘Adhoc 5’ has ended, a court spokesman said on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial in a case widely condemned as being unjust and politically motivated. ...
Government denounces US,EU criticism of Adhoc 5 detention
The government has lashed out at the U.S. and E.U. over their criticism of the detention of five current and former rights workers in Cambodia for more than a year, adopting the language of its critics by calling their statements “politically motivated.” ...