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Japan and Cambodia vow to improve judicial system

At a meeting at the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, Minister Koeut Rith and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami agreed to work together to develop human resources in Cambodia and strengthen the country’s judicial system, said the ministry. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/japan-and-cambodia-vow-improve-judicial-system

Justice official denies authenticity of emails

Cambodia’s embattled justice system and its alleged tight alignment with the ruling party have been thrust into the spotlight after what appeared to be a string of hacked emails were leaked from Justice Ministry spokesman Kim Santepheap’s account over the weekend. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/justice-official-denies-authenticity-emails

Killer in Chut Wutty Case Walks Free Six Months Later

Rann Boroth, the only man convicted in the double killing six months ago of the country’s leading environmental activist, Chut Wutty, and military police officer, walked free from prison on Friday after the Koh Kong Provincial Court issued an order for his release. On October ...

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 ...

Ratanakiri Court Questions Rights Workers

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court yesterday questioned the first of two human rights workers who are suing local officials for allegedly disrupting a July meeting they were hosting for villagers in Lumphat district. Deputy court prosecutor Ros Saram said he questioned Chhim Savuth, program officer for the ...

Global Witness Adds to Criticism of Chut Wutty Murder Case

Environment rights group Global Witness yesterday joined the call for an independent investigation into the April 26 murder of conservation activist Chut Wutty following the conviction of a security guard in the case. On Monday the Koh Rong Provincial Court sentenced Rann Boroth, a security guard ...

Sentencing swift in pic ripping case

Less than 36 hours after Wang Zia Chao provoked a strike by destroying two photos of the late King Father in front of hundreds of Cambodian garment workers, the Chinese factory manager was booked, charged and convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, which last ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102459392/National-news/sentencing-swift-in-sihanouk-pictures-ripping-case.html

Killer in Chut Wutty Case Could Be Free Within Days

The Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday convicted a private security guard of accidentally killing the military police officer who allegedly shot dead the country’s most prominent environmental activist, Chut Wutty, and sentenced him to two years in prison. The presiding judge, Kham Sophary, then immediately suspended ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/killer-in-environmental-activist-chut-wutty-case-could-be-free-within-days-4719/

Rights Workers in Court Over Intimidation

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has summoned for questioning two human rights workers who have lodged court complaints against local officials for disrupting their land-rights workshop in July. Pen Bonnar, provincial coordinator for Adhoc, and Chhim Savuth, a project coordinator for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), filed ...

Jailed Radio Station Owner Launches Appeal

Mam Sonando, the independent radio station owner whose jailing for 20 years earlier this month provoked international condemnation of the country’s courts, has launched an appeal, his wife and a prison official said yesterday. Mr. Sonando, the owner of Beehive Radio, was convicted by the Phnom ...

Rights Activist Denies Phnom Penh Move Is Due to Charges

A Ratanakkiri-based human rights worker charged by the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court with inciting ethnic minority villagers to protest during a 2009 land dispute with a private agro-industry company has been transferred to work in Phnom Penh. Pen Bonnar, Ratanakkiri provincial coordinator for Adhoc , said yesterday ...

Gunslinger Tycoons

PM Hun Sen’s September 20 cri de couer beseeching powerful officials and their friends and families to not fire or wield their weapons in restaurants and other public places, especially those haunts frequented by foreigners, threatens to spoil the sport most enjoyed by the Kingdom’s well-heeled elite. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/7days/1849-gunslinger-tycoons

Health Woes Speed Fraud Appeal

After calls from their lawyers late last month to speed up the appeals process, three former advisers to Senate President Chea Sim convicted of fraud last year will appear before the Appeals Court on November 7, court deputy prosecutor Tan Senarong said yesterday. The three defendants ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012101259271/National-news/health-woes-speed-fraud-appeal.html

PM defends Sonando verdict

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday lashed out at critics of the Mam Sonando verdict, saying outsiders shouldn’t be seeking the release of a prisoner. Speaking to hundreds of villagers at a land title ceremony held in Chhuok district of Kampot province, Hun Sen defended the guilty verdict handed ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012101159243/National-news/pm-defends-sonando-verdict.html

More questioned in journo slaying

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has summonsed for questioning Kim Seanglay, a military policeman who was the subject of one of slain journalist Hang Serei Oudom’s articles on the illegal timber trade, Chhay Thi, an investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said yesterday. According to their ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012101059214/National-news/more-questioned-in-cambodian-journalists-slaying.html

High Court upholds verdict

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the decisions of the lower courts in the case of Seng Chenda, wife of well-known tycoon Khaou Chuly, upholding a 20-year prison sentence for attempted murder, a court official said. According to judge Khim Pon, presiding, the court agreed with ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859147/National-news/seng-chenda-verdict-upheld.html

Court calls slain journo's family

Three members of the family of murdered journalist Hang Seri Oudom will appear in Ratanakkiri provincial court on Wednesday, according to their lawyer. Oudom, who exposed illegal logging in the area for the Virakchun Khmer newspaper, disappeared last month when he left his house at night ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859143/National-news/court-calls-slain-journalists-family.html

'Outsider' criticism of verdict blasted by NGO

In a bluntly worded statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has shot back at critics of the Mam Sonando verdict, stressing that there were no political motivations to the case and accusing “outsiders” of trying to pressure a sovereign court. “Mr. Mam Sonando is the mastermind of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859148/National-news/criticism-of-sonando-verdict-blasted-by-government.html

Court Drops Investigation Into Killing of Activist Chut Wutty

The Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday said it had dropped its investigation into the killing of environmental activist Chut Wutty, allegedly by a now-deceased military police officer in April. The court made the surprise announcement during the tril of Rann Boroth, who took the stand yesterday for the ...

Villagers in Land Disputes With Firm Don't Show for Questioning

Villagers accused of incitement in a long-running land dispute with a company owned by the wife of a government minister did not show up for scheduled questioning yesterday at the Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court, officials said. On September 17, KDC Development company, owned by Chea Kheng, the wife of Minister of Industry, ...

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