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Bar members bemoan low payment for pro bono work

Attorneys from across the Kingdom attend the Bar Association congress yesterday in Phnom Penh.

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) yesterday said it would receive around $222,000 to provide pro bono services to poorer defendants in 2018, though many members said the influx of cash – while an increase – was still not enough to defend the thousands of clients bar members are charged with representing each year. The announcement came from Soun Visal, the association’s president, at the body’s 22nd annual congress, with the BAKC head saying the government-allocated pro bono budget had been increased from $148,000 and as many as 200 lawyers were signed up to provide such services. According to Visal, the BAKC had represented clients ...

The Voice Cambodia star San Sreylai shot dead in murder-suicide

Members of the media and public crowd around as the body of The Voice Cambodia finalist San Sreylai, fatally shot yesterday at a beauty clinic by her estranged husband, is loaded into an ambulance.

A former finalist on The Voice Cambodia was shot dead by her estranged husband at a beauty clinic in an upscale neighbourhood of Phnom Penh yesterday, shortly before the man turned the gun on himself. Phnom Penh Deputy Police Chief Song Ly declined to give details about the murder-suicide, saying only that police “are busy investigating”. But a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that 23-year-old San Sreylai, a finalist last year on the second season of the popular singing competition, was shot by her estranged husband – 53-year-old customs official Chey Rin – around 4pm yesterday at the Vita Longa Clinic on Street 360 near Boeung Keng Kang market.

SECC set to publish new bond booklet

A man drives past the offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) in Phnom Penh in 2014.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) announced yesterday that it will publish a new updated Cambodia Bond Market Guide by the end of this year, with the hopes that it will raise public awareness for the new financial tool that received a formal regulatory framework in August. The announcement came as members of the SECC met with experts from the Asia Development Bank yesterday for a workshop meant to prepare Cambodian companies for the first issuance of a corporate bond. Sok Dara, deputy director of SECC, said that the Cambodia Bond Market Guide 2017 will be an important asset for firms and investors to learn about the financial tool.

Alleged child rapist faces two new charges

Alleged serial rapist San Nimol, 34, was arrested last week in Battambang province.

An alleged serial child rapist was handed fresh charges by an investigating judge at the Battambang Provincial Court late last week, according to anti-human trafficking officials. The man, San Nimol, 34, was arrested in June, four days after a 10-year-old girl came forward with allegations of rape. Investigators suspected Nimol may have been a serial abuser, and joined forces with the NGO Child Protection Unit (CPU). A second victim was swiftly identified. “After [allegedly] raping the first two, he took off, but we got him arrested,” said CPU Executive Director James McCabe. “We continued investigations and identified two more victims.” The four victims were all girls between 10 and 14 years old and were known to the suspect.

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