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Boeung Kak lake residents protest outside the ACU office yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Boeung Kak lake residents protest outside the ACU office yesterday in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

Boeung Kak families take case to ACU

Seven former Boeung Kak families yesterday accused Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong of corruption in a letter delivered to the Anti-Corruption Unit.

The families were among 4,000 forcefully evicted starting in 2007 to make way for a lakeside development project.

While the seven families received compensation, they claimed yesterday that their packages were not proportionate to those of their neighbours.

Duong Chhert said he could not accept the 72 square metres of land offered by City Hall, saying he held 972 square metres prior to his eviction. He added that other families were given 53 per cent of their previous holdings as compensation.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Hong Sokheng, a representative of the seven families, blamed City Hall. "I want [ACU director] Om Yentieng to find out whether or not the corruption existed, but I think it might have," said Sokheng.

"Corruption is why [Socheatvong] does not solve for us. If he has a real mind to solve it, he would be able to solve it."

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said: "I have nothing to reply, but let them file the complaint and the unit receiving the complaint launch an investigation."

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