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CBA ruling

The Cambodian Bar Association (CBA) disbarred a prominent Khmer-American lawyer in a meeting of its special assembly on June 19. The CBA ruled that David Chanaiwa would no longer be allowed to practice law in Cambodia, said Bar president Ky Tech.

Among the charges: Chanaiwa was accused of advertising his services over email, while his logo, which represents a tilted scales of justice, was found to be biased against the legal system. Another was that he resumed his practice after the CBA disbarred him last year.

Chanaiwa was not available for comment, but will shortly appear before the CBA. He was representing management in the recent Terratex Garment factory strike, which resulted in two deaths.

The US government has asked Cambodia to review all labor cases in which Chanaiwa was involved. He told the Post on June 18 he had nothing to do with the violence: "I am just a lawyer, protecting the interests of my clients."

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