Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Renakse manager a no-show at hearings

Renakse manager a no-show at hearings

Renakse manager a no-show at hearings

THE former manager of the Hotel Renakse made good on her vow to skip two Phnom Penh Municipal Court hearings Tuesday pertaining to the fate of the hotel, both of which went ahead as scheduled.

One hearing was part of Kem Chantha's case to save the hotel from demolition, which she filed shortly after police and officials, wielding a court order stating that the French colonial-era building had fallen into an unacceptable state of disrepair, evicted guests and staff on January 6 and barred Kem Chantha herself from the premises.

The other was part of the ruling Cambodian People's Party lawsuit claiming that her 49-year lease on the hotel should be voided because she failed to maintain it.

Khiev Sepphan, the CPP lawyer handling the dispute, said he presented evidence at both hearings.

Kem Chantha has repeatedly said she does not believe the court can resolve the dispute fairly because the company director of Alexson Inc, which purchased the hotel for US$3.8 million, is married to  the nephew of Ke Sakhorn, the court's deputy director who issued the January 6 order.

She said she plans to ask officials to form an "independent committee" to evaluate the safety of the hotel.

"If they find it is in poor condition and want to break it down, I would like to ask permission from the government to construct a new building," she said. "But if it is not damaged, then they should give control of it back to me."  

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