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Chaem ruling to be appealed

International Co-Prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian seen during an ECCC hearing in 2015. Nhet Sok Heng/ECCC

The Khmer Rouge tribunal’s international co-prosecutor said he will appeal the investigating judges’ decision to dismiss the case against Im Chaem on the grounds that she was not a senior leader and could not be tried as one of those “most responsible” for the crimes under the regime. The judges said the former Preah Netr Preah district secretary “had the authority to order executions” and was a “trusted and close aide” of Ta Mok, known as “the butcher”, who purged Khmer Rouge soldiers. Yet ultimately they deemed Chaem too lowly in the Khmer Rouge leadership to face the court.

NGO report finds banned exports of logs to Vietnam increased

Logs are hauled onto a Vietnamese transporter in Ratanakkiri province for delivery to Vietnam in February this year. EIA

The ostensibly-outlawed export of logs to Vietnam increased in May, while the trade in sawn timber, also supposedly banned, remained substantial, new Vietnamese customs data shows. According to the figures, obtained and released by US-based NGO Forest Trends, Vietnam received 9,329 cubic metres of logs from Cambodia in May, valued at $1.7 million and equalling an almost 50 percent increase in volume from the month before. As for sawn timber, 18,691 cubic metres of Cambodian timber – valued at $12.7 million – were registered by Vietnamese customs authorities in May.

Business Insider: Spreading care with worker benefits

iCare Benefits Cambodia Country Director Molika Meas photographed at her office last week in Phnom Penh.

With the majority of garment and low-income workers ineligible for traditional financial services to purchase daily products like mobile phones and cooking stoves, iCare Benefits Cambodia hopes to fill in the gap by getting products to end consumers. With the Cambodian operations having recently been given a boost from a private equity fund, The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with Country Director Molika Meas to talk about the company’s expansion plans. PPP: What is the history of iCare Benefits? MMM: The company started four years ago with the mission to provide workers with immediate access to essential products and services.

PM gives extra $50,000 for Kem Ley stupa

Fresh News CEO Lim Cheavutha (in suit) gives money to the late political analyst Kem Ley’s mother that was donated by Prime Minister Hun Sen to pay for a stupa to honour the slain government critic. Fresh News

Prime Minister Hun Sen over the weekend donated a further $50,000 to the family of slain political commentator Kem Ley through Fresh News CEO Lim Cheavutha, according to the government-aligned news outlet, with the money going toward a memorial stupa. Cheavutha last week delivered $10,000 on behalf of Hun Sen – who has sued multiple people, including former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, for saying he was behind the July 2016 murder – to cover funeral costs, and on Saturday gave $50,000 toward the stupa. Kem Ley’s brother, Kem Rithisith, confirmed the donation by telephone yesterday.

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc

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