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Fresh arrest over Facebook criticism of Hun Sen

Moeung Lihor, 20, is questioned after her arrest for allegedly insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Queen Mother on Facebook. Photo supplied

A 20-year-old woman was charged in Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday with incitement and public insult for posts made on Facebook about Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Queen Mother. The woman, Moeung Lihor, a fruit vendor working in Thailand’s Rong Klua market, was arrested on Friday afternoon by Military Police after authorities had been tracking her Facebook posts over the past several months, said Prom Theng, the chief of the provincial Military Police’s judicial bureau. “In short, she posted news on Facebook and she defamed Queen Mother [Norodom Monineath] and Samdech Hun Sen. It affects the leader’s reputation,” he said.

Hun Sen amps up attacks on US

Prime Minister Hun Sen greets representatives of the garment industry after his speech on Friday in Phnom Penh

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and suggesting the US Embassy pull out its Peace Corps volunteers. The premier’s anti-US rhetoric has intensified in the past few weeks following the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha, a move widely condemned by civil society and foreign governments. Senior government officials have claimed Sokha was receiving US assistance to foment a “colour revolution” in the country. In response, the US Embassy questioned Cambodia’s commitment to democracy and has denied the claims – based on a 2013 speech given by Sokha – as a “red herring”.

Environmental NGO Mother Nature dissolved

Mother Nature co-founder Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson (centre) is escorted by officials after his arrest in 2015.

The Interior Ministry on Friday announced it had stricken critical environmental NGO Mother Nature from its registry, effective immediately, with the group saying it had requested the move and would continue to investigate sand dredging and export violations in the country’s southwest despite the de-registration. In a letter disclosing the move, the ministry said the NGO had requested the removal of its own accord in a letter from Mother Nature head Prum Thomacheat on August 23 requesting dissolution of the environmental group. Deported Mother Nature co-founder Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson said on Friday that the request had been prompted by constant harassment of two other co-founders, Thomacheat and fellow monk Sok Chantra.

Business Insider: Selling life insurance in an untapped market

Prudential CEO David Nutman photographed at his office last week in Phnom Penh.

Prudential Life Assurance first entered the Cambodian market in 2013 at a time when few in the country understood the value of life insurance products in long-term financial planning. A partnership with Acleda Bank, the largest bank in the Kingdom, has helped Prudential grow steadily and extend its reach across the Kingdom. The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with David Nutman, CEO of Prudential Cambodia, who took over the reins in November. PPP: How has Prudential expanded since it first entered the market? DN: Currently, we operate in more than 100 Acleda branches, so we are in key cities, provinces and districts. In 2014, we started setting up direct agency operations that have been growing as well.

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Muslims give back on Qurban festival

Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia Dato Sri Hasan Malek (left) hands out meat to Muslims who are celebrating the Qurban festival on Friday.

Eight cows stand in the pen of Mok Dach mosque on Chroy Changvar’s Tonle Sap street, ropes looped through their nose and over their necks, and fixed tightly onto the wooden poles around them. They graze calmly on hay, unaware of the fate that would befall them just a few minutes later. Eid-al-Adha, also commonly known as the Qurban festival in Southeast Asia, was celebrated on Friday in Cambodia at locations all over the country. Falling on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah on the Islamic calendar, it is a sacrifice festival to honour Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as obedience to Allah. This is also the day that many Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca, a duty that all Muslims are required to discharge at least once in their life, if they are physically and financially capable.