Tea Banh orders tax payment on RCAF-plated private cars

Minister of national defense Tea Banh issued a circular on September 20 calling on all owners of private vehicles bearing Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) number plates or special command number plates to pay taxes and duties on their vehicles or face legal action. ... ...

Lay Samean

Villagers claim torture by Thai soldiers after their release

Three Cambodian men arrested in Thailand last week were returned to Preah Vihear province on Monday and claim they were tortured by the Thai military before being released, according to a military colonel in the area who provided a video of the men’s accounts. ... According ...

Saing Soenthrith

Journalist investigating illegal logging shot dead

A 49-year-old journalist reportedly investigating illegal logging in Kratie province was shot dead early Sunday morning. Within hours, police arrested three men—a commune police chief, a military police officer and a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) soldier—for the murder, officials said. Taing Try, who contributed to ...

Saing Soenthrith and Simon Henderson

Luxury wood seized from Kratie military base

Authorities in Kratie province on Saturday night discovered nearly 90 pieces of luxury-grade wood stockpiled just outside the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) headquarters in Chhlong district, where they believe the timber was being staged for transport to Tbong Khmum province to the south, officials ...

Aun Pheap

Vietnam extends credit for Cambodian modernisation

Vietnam has provided neighbouring Cambodia with USD22 million in credit to support the military modernisation efforts of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF). ... ...

Jon Grevatt

Cambodian, U.S. senior military officials pledge to enhance ties

Cambodian and the U.S. senior military officials met here Wednesday and vowed to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation for mutual benefits. The commitment was made between Gen. Pol Saroeun, commander-in- Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), and visiting Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Confusion surrounds ministry’s kidney program

The Ministry of Defense’s account that an alleged kidney trafficking ring at its Preah Ket Mealea military hospital was in fact a fully legal training program in partnership with China’s Defense Ministry was met with questions and confusion Tuesday. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in ...

Khy Sovuthy and Alex Consiglio

Police say mistake made, kidney transplants legal

After a two-month investigation, police were confident enough to arrest and interrogate nine people on Saturday over an alleged kidney trafficking ring at the state-run Preah Ket Mealea military hospital, including its director Ly Sovann, a lieutenant general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF). But ...

Khy Sovuthy and Alex Consiglio

Army, villagers cut land deal

A hotly debated land dispute between villagers and the military in Banteay Meanchey province was solved – for many villagers at least – with a win-win strategy on Friday, according to the provincial governor. In negotiations, village and provincial officials divided up 80 hectares of land ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Questions Raised Over Quarry Crackdown

The Phnom Penh municipal government issued a warning to those operating unlicensed sand quarries after a military helicopter plunged into one killing four people on Monday, but some questioned City Hall’s motives and commitment. The statement, dated Tuesday and signed by Governor Pa Socheatvong, came a ...

Khy Sovuthy

Vendors with a licence to forge

On the side of a well-trafficked street in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, a man with a razor blade bends over a small rectangle of sheet metal overlaid with a vinyl stencil. As letters and numbers are lifted away, the plate begins to take on a ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Allegations of death threats after illegal logging reports

A journalist has filed a complaint with the Pursat provincial court alleging that a soldier threatened to kill him on Sunday after he wrote a series of damning articles linking the soldier to illegal rosewood trafficking, court officials confirmed Tuesday. Both the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces ...

Ben Sokhean

Authorities pass buck as hit-and-run investigation stalls

As hit-and-run victim San Chan lies in a hospital bed awaiting justice for his brother’s death, officials from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, police and traffic police are pointing fingers at one another, while the driver remains at large. A week ago today, Mr. Chan, 18, ...

Ben Sokhean

US army shuts down website cited in HRW report

Four days after Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report criticizing Washington for supporting Cambodia’s “abusive armed forces,” a Facebook page containing photos cited in the report has been removed from the Internet. According to the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, the Facebook page titled “Angkor ...

Matt Blomberg

Rights group says US military support breaches Congress bill

U.S.-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report claiming that Washington’s ongoing support for Cambodian security forces is inconsistent with U.S. Congress directives regarding aid to Cambodia. HRW charges that last month’s 10-day Angkor Sentinel military exercise, undertaken by members of the ...

Matt Blomberg

Major General arrested on defamation charges

A two-star general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces was arrested Friday on charges of defamation, police and prison officials said Friday. On Friday, police officers from the Interior Ministry’s penal department arrested Major General Chea Dara, who works at the Ministry of Defense, following a ...

Sek Odom

Friends in high places

A Chinese developer with a “family-like” relationship to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit has accelerated construction at its $5 billion resort – ostensibly cancelled by royal decree in 2010 – in a protected national park in Preah Sihanouk province. The 3,300-hectare Golden Silver Gulf resort ...

Daniel Pye and May Titthara

Woman tried for insulting RCAF mining tycoon

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday heard the case of a woman charged with defaming mining magnate and RCAF Lieutenant General Nim Meng in relation to a land dispute in Preah Sihanouk province. Presiding Judge Kim Dany said that Sok Neang Gek was being charged ...

Eang Mengleng

Thai envoy denies killings on border

Thailand has denied its forces shot dead 12 Cambodian loggers who crossed the border illegally on March 5, Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said yesterday. During a meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative Long Visalo, Thai ambassador Touchayoot Pakdi said Thai soldiers had made ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Shane Worrell

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