New Prey Sar block set to open

A new Prey Sar prison building – part of the scrapped VIP prison project – was handed over to the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons on Friday and will be put into operation soon. ...

Mech Dara

Nicer jails for wealthy inmates mulled as fix to Cambodia's prison overcrowding

Cambodia’s prison population swelled to more than 28,000 inmates last year – well over the system’s capacity – with Interior Minister Sar Kheng suggesting yesterday that the construction of more luxurious pay-to-stay prison blocks for wealthy inmates could help alleviate the severe overcrowding. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Private prison breaks ground

Ground was officially broken yesterday on a new facility at Prey Sar prison that will soon enable the upper crust of the Kingdom’s underworld to buy their way out of overcrowded jails and into the relative luxury of a privately run institution. ...

Mech Dara

Prison denies radio access to inmates

Inmates at Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh will no longer be able to listen to the radio, according to a social media post by a jailed opposition member, which is an apparent violation of the law. ...

May Titthara

‘Political prisoners’ partitioned in Prey Sar

A new set of security measures at Prey Sar prison, designed to stop rampant drug use at the facility, is instead being selectively applied to prisoners being held in a politically sensitive case related to an ongoing sex scandal involving opposition leader Kem Sokha.   ...

Mech Dara and Shaun Turton

Eight arrested over ‘black Monday’ protests

Eight human rights officers and activists clad in black were arrested on Monday during “Black Monday” protests in Phnom Penh, the first in a campaign to free four fellow rights workers and an election official who were jailed late last month on charges widely believed ...

Ben Sokhean and George Wright

Prey Sar inmates in ‘meth cartel’

A man arrested over the weekend allegedly in possession of more than 3 kilograms of meth and more than 100,000 yama tablets has been linked to a drug-trafficking network operating out of Prey Sar prison, according to a police report made public yesterday. ...

Niem Chheng

Protesters call for release of imprisoned bus driver, activist

About 500 people gathered outside Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Tuesday to demand the release of form­er Capitol Tours bus driver Nan Vanna and la­bor activist Ros Si­phay, who were arrested two weeks ago for participating in a demonstration against the company. ...

Ben Sokhean

Water at Prey Sar back … sort of

After nearly a year of dry taps, the water supply at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison has finally been restored, but inmates are still being forced to pay for the so-called luxury commodity, according to those who live and work there. ...

Alice Cuddy and May Titthara

Prisoners deny trafficking drugs in Prey Sar

Two of three men charged with using and trafficking methamphetamine inside the maximum-security Prey Sar prison denied the trafficking allegation during their trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday. ...

Hay Pisey and Sek Odom

US mayor wants government to release activists

The mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts—which has the second-largest population of Cambodian-Americans in the U.S.—on Friday visited 10 anti-eviction activists inside Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison, emerging to announce that he would lobby the government for their release. Wrapping up a five-day visit to Phnom Penh, Rodney ...

Khuon Narim and Holly Robertson

CNRP lawmakers visit prisoners on hunger strike

Opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua said a group of 10 convicted anti-eviction activists on hunger strike at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison were in a weak state during her visit to the facility Monday. ...

Mech Dara

Court to hears case of Meach Sovannara, other opposition activists late this month

Phnom Penh Municipal Court will hear case of Freedom Park protest on December 25. Chuong Chou Ngy, defense lawyer of CNRP’s senior official Meach Sovannara who was arrested last month for his role in the protest and put in detention at Prey Sar prison, said Saturday ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

8 jailed activists threaten hunger strike

Eight land activists put in prison last month after a swift trial say they will hold a hunger strike if they are not released. The eight activists were part of a roundup in November for street protests against city officials and a development project at ...

Heng Reaksmey

Rady Mom not allowed to visit detained activists at Prey Sar

Rady Mom, Cambodian-American state representative in Massachusetts, U.S.A, was not allowed yesterday to meet with 17 activists who are currently being detained at Prey Sar prison. Rady Mom and his colleagues as well as Members of Parliament and Senators of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party went ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Protest held at Prey Sar in support of detainees

Hundreds of people gathered yesterday morning in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison to demand the release of 17 incarcerated activists, monks and opposition members. The detainees include 10 land activists, three monks and four members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. Fifteen of ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Cambodian court frees 3 opposition activists on bail

 Cambodia’s Appeal Court on Friday granted bail to three opposition youth activists, who were arrested early this month for alleged involvements in a violent protest last month, a defense lawyer confirmed. “Appeal Court’s Judge Seng Sivutha decided to release the trio on bail,”Chen Lida, a ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Still no water flowing into Prey Sar prison

Prey Sar prison officials are carting thousands of liters of water to the prison each day because a construction company smashed a water main and has yet to fix it. According to prison officials, inmates are rationed 3 liters of clean water each day, which is ...

Ben Sokhean

Prison without water supply after broken pipe

Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison has been buying truckloads of water for inmates since a road construction crew broke the water pipe leading to the jail last week, officials said Sunday. ...

Phorn Bopha

Release quickly follows deal

A jubilant crowd of opposition supporters burst into cheers yesterday afternoon as seven Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers-elect and one party activist were released on bail just hours after an announced rapprochement between the CNRP and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. They walked free through exits ...

Joe Freeman

Cambodian court frees 8 opposition politicians on bail after political deal reached

A Cambodian court on Tuesday afternoon released seven opposition party lawmakers-elect and one party activist on bail after the ruling and opposition parties reached a political agreement. “The eight politicians were released from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison at 4:45 p.m. after questioning judge Keo Mony ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Sochua ‘off limits to US Embassy’

Despite multiple requests, the US Embassy has not been given access to visit dual citizen Mu Sochua since her arrest last Tuesday, officials said yesterday. “Consular officers attempted to visit Mu Sochua the evening she was arrested but were not permitted to see her and multiple ...

Alice Cuddy

Opposition supporters rally at Prey Sar prison to ask for the release of five lawmakers

About 100 CNRP activists and supporters gathered Thursday at Prey Sar prison to put pressure for the release of five opposition lawmakers and another supporter who are under detention. Policemen were seen guarding around the Prey Sar prison to prevent the protesters from approaching the site, ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Phones Go Up In Flames at Prey Sar Prison

Prey Sar prison officials on Friday set fire to 1,705 mobile phones that had been confiscated from inmates there over the past three years. Yin Kun, deputy chief of Prey Sar’s Correctional Center 1, said that the public burning of phones would remind prisoners that communicating ...

Kang Sothear

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