Despite threats, unregistered sims still in service

Four months ago, Deputy National Police Commissioner Chhay Sinarith declared unregistered SIM cards a major threat to national security. They were a favored tool of terrorists, kidnappers and drug runners, he insisted, before accusing mobile operators that distribute them of toying with the safety of ...

Khy Sovuthy and Taylor O'Connell

Arrest ordered for Rainsy Facebook manager

An arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday for an assistant of opposition leader Sam Rainsy who helps run his popular Facebook page and is allegedly responsible for producing the video in which now-jailed Senator Hong Sok Hour presents a forged treaty. ...

Mech Dara

CPP loyalists leading lawmaker assault probe

Last week’s protest in front of the National Assembly had all the hallmarks of an event organized by the CPP to make a point. ...

Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara

Sim card crackdown to focus on telecom firms, not vendors

From a simple stall on a street corner in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district, Khuon Andy sells SIM cards, between 40 and 60 per month. Half of his customers provide identification to make their purchase, and half of them do not. ...

Khy Sovuthy and Meghan Tribe

Chinese tourists arrested for flying drone near Royal Palace

Two Chinese tourists were arrested in Phnom Penh on Saturday for using a drone to film the Royal Palace, but were released with a warning Sunday, according to a senior police official. ...

Khy Sovuthy and Tsz-kwan Ho

Interpol joins hunt for general wanted over tycoon’s murder

Interior Ministry officials said Tuesday that Thong Sarath, a senior military officer wanted for coordinating the murder of a prominent businessman in Phnom Penh last month, has likely fled the country, leading police to call on Interpol to help track him down. Chhay Sinarith, director ...

Mech Dara and Alex Consiglio

Gov’t plans to install surveillance equipment

The government is planning to install surveillance equipment on the networks of Cambodia’s mobile phone operators and Internet service providers (ISPs), a senior Interior Ministry official said Tuesday, vindicating concerns about inspections the ministry quietly conducted on telecommunications firms in October. In October, officials from Lieutenant ...

Aun Pheap and Joshua Wilwohl

KNLF leader part of group behind 2009 bomb plot, police say

A senior police official said Monday that the leader of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), 10 members of which were charged Sunday with plotting to incite violence, was once part of the Tiger Head movement, another supposed terrorist organization. ...

Mech Dara and George Wright

Ten dissidents arrested for plot to ‘incite violence’

Ten members of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), a group of dissidents highly critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his close ties to Vietnam, were arrested over the last two days in Phnom Penh for allegedly plotting to incite violence, according to police. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Scores of Chinese arrested for phone scam

The Interior Ministry’s internal security department arrested 78 Chinese nationals Thursday for their alleged involvement in a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) extortion scam in coordinated raids in Phnom Penh and two provinces. The men and women were arrested in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and ...

Eang Mengleng

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