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No info on murder: Chevron

Petrol giant Chevron claims former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his lawyers have attempted to “besmirch” the company with a “burdensome” request seeking information about the murder of Kem Ley, a prominent political analyst, according to a recent California court document. Rainsy was seeking video footage and staffing information at the Cambodian outlet to bolster a case before the International Criminal Court accusing the Cambodian government of human rights abuses, but Chevron has said he and other plaintiffs were “litigating over nothing”.

At rally, Kem Sokha vows accountability

Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha told supporters in Koh Kong province yesterday morning that any CNRP commune chiefs elected on June 4 who later turn out to be corrupt will be immediately replaced by the party. Sokha told supporters the party would take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power. “If the commune chiefs of the Cambodia National Rescue Party make any decision that abuses the rights of the citizens, I, Kem Sokha, promise that we will change that commune chief out,” Sokha said.

Report fingering tycoon in timber crime taken down

A national police spokesman yesterday said a report alleging that tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group was colluding with loggers to launder timber was mistakenly posted on the body’s official site by a “tired” employee who meant to share the information with local reporters but not publish it. It arose from a group social media exchange between a member of the police website team and local reporters from media outlets. “On that day, [the individual] was tired and mistakenly posted an article and, frankly, we dropped it immediately after seeing a report about it,” Chantharith said.

Sugar rush puts monster mill well ahead of target

Cambodia's biggest sugar mill has finished its two-month production run, producing half a million tonnes of refined white sugar, nearly five times what the company predicted at the beginning of the harvest season, a company representative said yesterday. Kuy Yoeurn, an administrative manager for Rui Feng (Cambodia) International Co Ltd, said the second harvest season of its $360 million sugar plant in Preah Vihear province greatly exceeded the company’s expectations. He said the mill produced 500,000 tonnes of refined sugar from an undisclosed amount of raw sugarcane this season.

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Former Sam Rainsy Party Commune Chief Seang Chet, campaining for his wife, who runs in Srok commune.

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Trade to level the playing field

International Trade Centre’s Executive Director Arancha González talks during a session at the World Economic Forum on Asean earlier this month in Phnom Penh. Sikarin Thanachaiary/WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Cambodia and Asean occupy an increasingly important location at the crossroads of global trade routes. The Post’s Matthieu de Gaudemar spoke with Arancha González, executive director of the International Trade Center, on the sidelines of the recent World Economic Forum on Asean summit to discuss global trade uncertainty and its impact on the region. “Asean has come a long way in terms of trade opening and it has done a very good job in terms of tariffs. Tariffs have been massively reduced between Asean members. Today, tariffs are in the order of 1 or 2 percent,” she explained. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.