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Former Cambodia governor jailed in absentia for shooting three factory workers

A Cambodian court sentenced a former governor in absentia to 18 months in prison for shooting three female workers at a factory supplying sportswear giant Puma, a judge said yesterday. The women, employees of Puma supplier Kaoway Sports, were wounded when someone opened fire on protesters ...

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1268733/ex-cambodian-official-convicted-absentia

Jail Sentence for Anti-Eviction Activist Upheld

The Court of Appeal on Friday upheld the guilty verdict for anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha, but reduced her sentence from three-to two-years imprisonment, of which one year was suspended. The ruling means that Ms. Bopha will not be released until late 2014. Supporters and human rights groups ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/jail-sentence-for-anti-eviction-activist-upheld-31073/

Britain to support Cambodia in fight against money laundering, terrorism financing

Britain embassy to Cambodia is partnering with Cambodian government ministries and departments to provide a training course on international best practices in the field of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, according to the embassy’s press release on Friday. The training will be ...

http://www.nzweek.com/world/britain-to-support-cambodia-in-fight-against-money-laundering-terrorism-financing-53347/

Phnom Penh Clerk Charged With Taking $250K

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged one of its own clerks [Kruoch Borath] with breach of trust for taking $250,000 dollars that was paid to the clerk to facilitate a speedy trial without “problems,” officials said. [Another clerk for Judge Lim Meng] Mr. Khen ...

Sonando Verdict a Tough Test for KRT Legacy

When the international community hammered out a hard-fought deal with the government in 2001 for a war crimes tribunal to try the most senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, they hoped their efforts would also set an example for local court system riddled with ...

Three Rights Workers, Journalist Summoned Over Incitement

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court yesterday summoned three human rights workers and a journalist over allegations that hey incited indigenous ethnic minority villagers in Lumphat district to protest violently against a powerful agro-industry company in 2009. Deputy court prosecutor Chea Sopheak said he had requested Adhoc provincial ...

Sonando Jailed for 20 Years; Sentence Denounced

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court handed down a 20-year jail sentence to independent radio station owner Mam Sonando yesterday for his role in fomenting an alleged secessionist movement in a decision drawing condemnation from human rights groups and some of Cambodia’s main foreign donors. The court ...

Anti-Eviction Activists Conjure Up Curses to Bolster Cause

Residents of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak and Borei Keila neighborhoods yesterday sprinkled a concoction of chili, salt and black rice into flames of a small fire in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to “curse” the court officials they accuse of unjustly charging and ...

Verdict Due in Kandal Judge Corruption Case

The Kandal Provincial Court on Friday tried a former provincial judge, Huoth Heang, and his clerk, Lim Kompheak, both of whom stand accused of corruption. On January 20, Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officials arrested Judge Heang during a sting operation in which the judge was caught accepting a ...

Mired in Land Disputes, Villagers Find No Remedy in Courts

Since 2009, local human rights group Adhoc has documented 623 cases of land conflict in the country, yet only a little more than 10 percent of those cases were brought to court. The statistics highlight the lack of trust ordinary Cambodians have in the court system, says Adhoc, ...

With No Faith In Courts, Embattled Turn to Prayer

Clutching bunches of incense, mouths moving in tandem, those gathered before the Preah Ang Dang Keu Shrine on Sisowath Boulevard late last month migth have passed for any group of supplicants save for a notable exception: The prayer was aimed at the judiciary. When supporters of ...

Cables reveal US positivity

US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks have shown a positive light towards two high-profile court cases in Cambodia. One case concerns the trafficking and physical abuse of an 11 year old girl and was Cambodia’s first case of human trafficking to be prosecuted. The cables ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011071250326/National-news/cables-reveal-us-positivity.html

US Embassy Offered Praise for Court Verdicts, Cables Show

The conviction of a school teacher who abused an 11 year old girl was hailed by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh last year, it has been revealed by WikiLeaks. The diplomatic cables that were released speak of the support the US has for an ...

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