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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.

Trading halted for Emerald Resources

A visitor looks at an electronic display at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) showing stocks gains during opening trading in Sydney last year. Peter Parks/AFP

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) approved a share trading halt for the mining firm Emerald Resources until May 2, the date that the company is expected to release a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Okvau gold project in Mondulkiri province, according to a Friday announcement. The trading halt could end sooner if Emerald Resources releases its study before then, the ASX announcement added. In a quarterly report released on the same day, the mining firm said it had submitted an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the Okvau gold project to the Ministry of Environment.

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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