Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Corruption case over cleared forest upheld

Corruption case over cleared forest upheld

Corruption case over cleared forest upheld

The Appeals Court yesterday upheld a ruling by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in June 2015 that 14 villagers, officials and public servants from Kampong Thom’s Stoung district were guilty of corruption in relation to the clearing of state-protected flooded forests in 2012.

The 14 were all sentenced to between one and five years in jail for either bribery or receiving bribes to allow the clearing of the forests in order to dig a reservoir to irrigate dry season rice planting.

Among those appealing their sentences were district police chief Yorng Som, District Governor Prim Ratha and former provincial water resources department director Cheath Sivutha.

Judge Chan Madina said that following a hearing on May 18 she had decided to uphold the convictions of all 14 appellants, none of whom were in court yesterday.

“The decision has been upheld because according to the answers of the suspects they acted exactly as charged,” she said.

Contacted yesterday, Som, who is still out on bail, denied any wrongdoing, pointing the finger at Ratha, who declined to comment.

“I was not involved in this case, but the Stoung district governor was involved,” said Som.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all