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More than 100 Cambodian permanent residents have been detained by American immigration officials in a spate of round-ups over the past two weeks, even as Cambodia and the United States continue negotiations over the Kingdom’s reluct

Attorneys from across the Kingdom attend the Bar Association congress yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Tue, 17 October 2017

Bar members bemoan low payment for pro bono work

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) yesterday said it would receive around $222,000 to provide pro bono services to poorer defendants in 2018, though many members said the influx of cash – while an increase – was still not enough to defend the thousands of clients bar members are charged with representing each year. The announcement came from Soun Visal, the association’s president, at the body’s 22nd annual congress, with the BAKC head saying the government-allocated pro bono budget had been increased from $148,000 and as many as 200 lawyers were signed up to provide such services. According to Visal, the BAKC had represented clients ...

Tue, 17 October 2017

Ten facing court over doctor, cadet job scams

Ten people suspected of scamming others by posing as doctors at a local garment factory and as assistants to Prime Minsiter Hun Sen’s son Hun Manet were arrested in Kampong Speu last week, Military Police said yesterday.

Cambodian Bar Association President Suon Visal speaks to the press yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Tue, 17 October 2017

Sokha’s lawyers ask bar to facilitate talks

Lawyers for imprisoned opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was arrested last month on charges of “treason”, yesterday app

A wedding photo from the Khmer Rouge period shows the head of the re-education centre at Prey Sar, then known as S-24, (left) marrying an official at S-24. DC-CAM
Tue, 17 October 2017

Khmer Rouge-era marriages explored in new book

Child brides, Khmer Rouge spies and tragic suicides are all explored in a series of vignettes of marriage during the brutal regime, in the latest work from researcher Kasumi Nakagawa.

Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng (right) shares a laugh during a meeting with representatives of Ethical Trading International yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Tue, 17 October 2017

Labour Ministry says it will scrap clauses from law

The Labour Ministry yesterday announced that it will scrap a contentious clause from a proposed minimum wage law that would have prevented any independent research into the annual negotiation process, as well as the draft labour dis

Tue, 17 October 2017

Stuck in cement scuffle

Battambang province police were forced to intervene on Sunday in a scuffle over unpaid salaries between Chinese workers at a cement factory and their supervisors.

Officials inspect and seize illegal firewood after a bust yesterday in Kratie province.
Tue, 17 October 2017

Trucks nabbed with illegal wood

A total of 25 vehicles illegally hauling firewood were intercepted yesterday in Kratie province’s Snuol district by a massive task force of police, Military Police and Forestry Administration (FA) officials – though despite the show

Nguon Ratanak, was promoted to the post of governor for Battambang province.
Tue, 17 October 2017

Battambang to get new governor

Battambang has named a new governor, but not without some controversy.

Alleged serial rapist San Nimol, 34, was arrested last week in Battambang province.
Tue, 17 October 2017

Alleged child rapist faces two new charges

An alleged serial child rapist was handed fresh charges by an investigating judge at the Battambang Provincial Court late last week, according to anti-human trafficking officials. The man, San Nimol, 34, was arrested in June, four days after a 10-year-old girl came forward with allegations of rape. Investigators suspected Nimol may have been a serial abuser, and joined forces with the NGO Child Protection Unit (CPU). A second victim was swiftly identified. “After [allegedly] raping the first two, he took off, but we got him arrested,” said CPU Executive Director James McCabe. “We continued investigations and identified two more victims.” The four victims were all girls between 10 and 14 years old and were known to the suspect.