Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Construction firm inks pact for ‘tycoon prison’

Construction firm inks pact for ‘tycoon prison’

Inmates are watched over by guards while they sit in the courtyard of Prey Sar prison in 2009.
Inmates are watched over by guards while they sit in the courtyard of Prey Sar prison in 2009. Heng Chivoan

Construction firm inks pact for ‘tycoon prison’

Work on a private prison complex for inmates with the money to pay for more comfortable conditions will begin next month, it was announced yesterday at a ceremony to sign the construction contract.

Prisons department spokesman Nuth Savana said the Interior Ministry had contracted Konthary Construction to complete the building on a block of land behind Prey Sar prison, which is to the south of Phnom Penh.

“According to the contract, they will start building a month after the deal is signed,” Savana said. “They have already started levelling the land.”

Savana said the company would work with the ministry’s logistics department to design the facility, plans for which were first revealed by the Post in March, but declined to give further details about which company may be brought in to run it.

He did add, however, that the centre would be for “rehabilitation and reeducation” in line with existing prisons.

Announcing the project two months ago, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said prisoners with money could pay to stay at the complex, which he described as “like a hotel”.

At the time, another official said the complex might suit the child of a tycoon who was accustomed to luxury.

Savana yesterday refused to go into details, merely saying the prison would have amenities such as a bed, toilet, fans and a television, which, he claimed, were already available in other prisons.

Initially he said the rooms would not be air-conditioned, but said later, “Aircon can be installed for some prisoners who might suffocate”.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which