Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court tells public not to bribe court fixers

Court tells public not to bribe court fixers

Court tells public not to bribe court fixers

OFFICIALS last Thursday posted a notice on a public notice board in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Court warning people to avoid middlemen who promise to influence court decisions in exchange for large sums of money.

"There were a number of middlemen and cheaters outside the court asking for bribes who said they could win a court case if they paid money," said Chiv Keng, the chief of Phnom Penh Municipal Court. "We have made efforts to make reforms in the judicial system ... but there are bad people destroying the reputation of the court."

He encouraged people who believe they have been cheated to file complaints, to report middlemen anonymously by calling a hotline (011 610 581), or to drop off a letter in a box in front of the court.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, said not all middlemen were con artists, as some do have influence with the court. While serving a prison sentence in 2006 for defamation and incitement, he saw prisoners bribe their way our of jail using middlemen, he said.

But Sok Sam Oeun, executive director of the Cambodian Defenders Project, said many Cambodians had fallen victim to middlemen who in fact had no pull with the court.

"Our people are poorly educated, therefore they are easy to cheat," he said.


  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially