Mixed results in Cambodia’s drug war: officials

Senior government figures yesterday noted major flaws in an ongoing drug crackdown, among them a lack of rehabilitation for incarcerated users, during a day-long review of the campaign yesterday. The government also proposed establishing five ill-defined “white villages” – or drug-free locations – on the ...

Niem Chheng and Erin Handley

Police request over $500k to reward drug-busting officers

The National Police has requested more than $500,000 from the Interior Ministry to fund bonuses for police officers involved in confiscating illegal drugs, officials said on Tuesday. ...

Han Soumy

Government hopes to extend controversial drug war

National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) President Ke Kim Yan announced his intention to extend Cambodia’s anti-drug campaign yesterday, nearly six months and more than 8,000 arrests since the controversial crackdown began. ...

Kong Meta and Martin de Bourmont

Government admits to issues in obtaining drug care

The government marked World Drug Day on Sunday by setting fire to almost 1.5 tons of confiscated drugs in a schoolyard in Phnom Penh. Officials conceded that efforts to curb usage were failing, pointing to a lack of public knowledge and participation. ...

Ouch Sony

Amendments to drug law coming, if slowly

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday that his decision regarding a request from the National Police to amend the drug law will depend on the results of a study by the National Authority for Combating Drugs on drug addicts currently serving ...

Taing Vida

Cops handcuffed by seizure rules, sentencing: chief

Police officials yesterday called for tougher sentencing of drug dealers and for the government to make it “easier and faster [for police] to seize their property”, as the Interior Ministry’s annual drugs conference wrapped in the capital. ...

Mech Dara

Official details kingdom's drug problems

The nation’s drug czar yesterday described a prison and rehab centre system in which drugs were being sold under the noses of the authorities and suggested police estimates of the number of drug users in Cambodia were “not enough” as he spoke at the Interior ...

Mech Dara

Drug seizures triple in 2015

The number of people arrested on drug-related charges in Cambodia more than doubled last year, according to a report by the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD). About 7,000 people were arrested last year, compared to just 3,142 in 2014, an increase that authorities are ...

Taing Vida

Border drug battle to get push in new year

Cambodian authorities have signalled their intent to prioritise cross-border trafficking, amid a planned boost in funding from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. ...

Mech Dara and Shaun Turton

Fewer airport arrests lead to drop in drug seizures

Despite a 72 percent increase in the number of drug-related arrests last year compared to 2013, 50 percent less drugs were seized during the same period, an official from the National Authority for Combating Drugs’ (NACD) said Tuesday. ...

Khy Sovuthy and Chris Mueller

New community-based drug program to launch

Municipal officials on Tuesday announced a new initiative to help rehabilitate Phnom Penh’s drug addicts by offering discreet treatment services at local health centers. The initiative will encourage commune-level officials to visit known drug addicts in their community and tell them about the treatment options available at ...

Khy Sovuthy and George Wright

Government urges NGOs to support migrant workers from Thailand

Relevant organizations have been actively cooperating with the government in providing transportation service for illegal migrant workers to return to their home after they were sent back by the junta in Thailand. The temporary estimation for the aid so far amounts to nearly 200,000$. The government ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

At border, gov’t bill mounts

The financial burden inflicted by hundreds of thousands of returning Cambodian migrant workers has already reached $5 million in government-mobilised emergency services alone, according to official estimates. In less than two weeks, nearly 200,000 mostly undocumented Cambodian migrants have spilled through the Thai-Cambodia border, fleeing what ...

May Titthara and Meas Sokchea

New province Tbong Khmum officially launched

The new province of Tbong Khmum, which has been carved out of Kompong Cham, was officially launched Monday at a ceremony presided over by Interior Minister Sar Kheng. The ceremony was held at the new provincial capital of Suong City and also announced the appointments of ...

Saing Soenthrith

Ponzi scheme suspects’ cases sent to court: ACU

Three alleged members of a money-laundering operation worth more than $11 million who were arrested earlier this year in Phnom Penh have had their cases sent to court and are now awaiting trial, Om Yentieng, head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, said yesterday. The three suspects – ...

Vong Sokheng

British Businessman Arrested over Alleged Land Fraud

The British chairman of an embattled agricultural investment firm was arrested Saturday by Cambodian authorities over charges of forging documents and using them in an attempt to illegally purchase thousands of hectares of land, a court prosecutor said. Greg Fryett, the main shareholder of Sustainable Agro ...

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