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RFA reporter Chun Chanboth in Bangkok ahead of court summons date

RFA Khmer Service deputy director Chun Chanboth (middle) is seen standing in queue to enter Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison last month.

Days before he was slated to appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Radio Free Asia reporter Chun Chanboth left the country on Friday for Bangkok, with his US-based employer confirming yesterday that he will return in time for his May 2 questioning. Chanboth, whose given name is Huot Vuthy, was summonsed for allegedly misrepresenting himself as an opposition staffer in order to enter the capital’s Prey Sar prison to interview a politically sensitive prisoner. He faces the charge of “false declaration”, which carries a sentence of up to two years in prison.

Sokha tells US crowds of CPP ‘intimidation’

Opposition leader Kem Sokha struck a defiant tone before supporters in the US city of Philadelphia on Friday, saying the opposition would not be cowed by intimidation from the ruling party. The speech was one part of a fundraising jaunt by Sokha in the United States, and other CNRP leaders elsewhere, heading into next month’s commune elections. “We have been threatened to be fearful so that we flee the country and leave the country for them,” Sokha said in a video of the speech circulating on Facebook, in an apparent reference to the ruling CPP.

Counterfeit cosmetics seized in raid

Interior Ministry officials on Friday examine confiscated counterfeit cosmetics that were being stored in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Svay Prey commune. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Counterfeit Committee has raided two warehouses, confiscating 38 tonnes of counterfeit cosmetics. The illegal products were stored in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Svay Prey and Olympic communes in Chamkarmon district, officials confirmed yesterday. Representatives from the Phnom Penh Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Health, Camcontrol and the National Customs Office all participated in the raid on Friday, which was the largest in an ongoing crackdown on counterfeit cosmetics.

Minister to address claims of land grabs in Angkor Archaeological Park

Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona speaks at the ministry’s annual meeting in February.

Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona yesterday said she would address in writing allegations that Apsara Authority officials have been extorting money from villagers, allowing land grabs in the Angkor Archaeological Park and leasing land to a company. The Apsara Authority is also being asked to explain how the agency spends its budget, which went from $15 million to $25 million between 2010 and 2014, according to a letter signed by National Assembly President Heng Samrin and Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Son Chhay.

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‘Child abusers’ busted

The 50-year-old chief of a government-run orphanage was charged on Wednesday in Preah Vihear Provincial Court for allegedly raping a 14-year-old living at the institution earlier this month, while yesterday a 69-year-old British citizen was arrested after allegedly paying teenage girls for sex. Phy Siphon, spokesman for the Preah Vihear court prosecutor, identified the orphanage chief as Luong Earth. “The deputy prosecutor charged him with rape under articles 239 and 241 of the Penal Code on Wednesday, and the investigating judge decided to place him in pre-trial detention,” she said.