Federal job awaits Pailin chief accused of corruption

The former governor of Pailin province, Y Chhien, has been removed from his positions as provincial council president and president of the Pailin chapter of the Cambodian People’s Party following allegations he was involved in embezzling $400,000 in expenses. ...

Meas Sokchea

Pailin’s ex-governor denies $400,000 corruption claim

Pailin province’s ex-governor and provincial council president Y Chhien yesterday denied corruption allegations against him, describing the claims as politically motivated. The two opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party members on the nine-seat provincial council accused Chhien in mid-October of misusing $400,000 in state funds and exploiting ...

Meas Sokchea

CNRP councillors call for ex-governor probe

Two Pailin provincial councillors are calling for a corruption probe of former governor and current council president Y Chhien, accusing him of using $400,000 “not transparently”, and possibly pocketing revenue from sales of natural resources. Cambodia National Rescue Party council members Ven Ra and Sou Dina ...

Meas Sokchea

Y Chhien quits Pailin council despite show of support

Y Chhien, the three-star military general and former bodyguard of Pol Pot, has resigned from his position as chief of the Pailin Provincial Council, an Interior Ministry official confirmed on Thursday. Rumors had circulated for days that Lieutenant General Chhien, the first governor of Pailin, would ...

Matt Blomberg and Saing Soenthrith

Release our relatives: evictees

The families of four people from Pailin province’s Krinh village who have been incarcerated since March for allegedly living on state land are calling for their release. Fifty-year-old Nheb Nharn said that he and his wife, Om Som Ath, had lived on the land in Stung ...

May Titthara

Scraping out a living in Pailin’s spent gem mines

Late last month, Nhem Bunna, a retired government soldier, struck it lucky here like few have since Ieng Sary led his Khmer Rouge rebels to defect to Phnom Penh in 1996. Clutching his index finger below the top joint, his feet still in the silt of ...

Hul Reaksmey and Alex Willemyns

Y Chhien to be replaced as Pailin Governor

Y Chhien, who has served as the governor of Pailin province since former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary led his rebel forces in the area to defect to the government in 1996, will step down from his position on Saturday, his cabinet chief said ...

Saing Soenthrith

Villagers say Pailin Governor gave orders to clear land in 1999

A villager involved in a dispute over 684 hectares of land with Pailin provincial governor Y Chhien claimed Thursday that in 1999 Mr. Chhien and a senior military officer distributed axes and farm tools to the families now on the land. Pailin Provincial Court on Wednesday ...

Aun Pheap

Court charges four Pailin villagers for violating state property

Pailin Provincial Court on Wednesday charged four villagers with infringing on public property because they cultivated 684 hectares of land that the court says belongs to the state, but which villagers claim to have farmed legally since 1999, a rights worker said. The villagers were arrested ...

Aun Pheap

Three arrested in land dispute with Governor

Villagers involved in a long-running land dispute with a company alleged to be owned by Pailin Governor Y Chhien were arrested Monday for failing to heed an order from Mr. Chhien to vacate the disputed land, rights workers said. Pich Sothea, 47, Orm Sam Ath, 44, ...

Phann Ana

Police confirm arrest of villagers in dispute with Pailin Governor

Police officials confirmed Tuesday that the villagers involved in a land dispute with a company allegedly owned by Pailin Governor Y Chhien were arrested late Monday and said that one more villager was detained Tuesday. Sath Sin, deputy police chief of Pailin province’s Sala Krao district, ...

Aun Pheap

Families file complaint over Pailin governor

The 19 families in Pailin province who were told by police and military police on Saturday to vacate their land filed a complaint with Adhoc on Monday, the provincial coordinator for the NGO said. Authorities told the families to move on Saturday from the 95-hectares they ...

Aun Pheap

Pailin governor orders 19 families to move off his land

More than 60 police and military police informed 19 families farming on a plot of land in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district on Saturday that they would have to move as they were growing crops on state land. However, Prak Sophima, provincial coordinator for rights group ...

Aun Pheap

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