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CPP calls for action over speech

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan speaks to the press outside the National Assembly in Phnom Penh last year.

The Cambodian People’s Party has demanded authorities take action against two more CNRP figures, including a lawmaker, over a speech in France that referred to the ruling party regime as a “beast” and “puppets of Vietnam”. Sending yet another chill down the spines of government opponents and critics, the letter by the CPP singled out French-based activist Ly Poeung and lawmaker for Prey Veng province Tout Khoeut.

The bucolic life of Grandma Chaem

Im Chaem fertilises cucumber plants behind her house in O’Angre village, in Anlong Veng, on February 3. A UN-backed tribunal’s investigating judges quietly dropped charges against Chaem, who was accused of overseeing the killings of tens of thousands. Omar Havana/The New York Times

In this dusty mountain hamlet on the Thai border, she is known as Grandma Chaem. The tiny 74-year-old lives peacefully in a snug, stilted house surrounded by papaya, lime and custard-apple trees. Her children and grandchildren live nearby. She grows cucumbers and donates to her local pagoda, chews betel leaf and tends her cows. But Im Chaem, the woman enjoying this apparently idyllic retirement, is accused of overseeing the killing of tens of thousands of people ...

Outbound travel up by 20% in 2016

A Cambodia Bayon Airlines flight prepares to depart Phnom Penh International Airport last year.

Cambodians spent about $600 million abroad last year, state media reported yesterday, while official figures showed a 20 percent annual increase in outbound tourism. Tourism Minister Thong Khon estimated that Cambodians travelling abroad spent $600 million in 2016, state news agency AKP said, citing an unnamed local media source. At the same time, Cambodian outbound tourism grew to 1.4 million in 2016, up from 1.2 million the previous year.

Court shuffle, discipline set

Traffic passes in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The Supreme Council of Magistracy has announced a wide-ranging shake-up of judges and prosecutors in a document obtained yesterday.

Disciplinary action for a pair of judges and three deputy prosecutors was approved yesterday by the Supreme Council of Magistracy amid a reshuffle of 54 judges and 31 prosecutors and deputy prosecutors, though officials refused to release information on who was being punished and why. The council met yesterday to review and approve the disciplinary actions, transfers and promotions, according to a statement.

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