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Unravelling the code

Article 10: Pecuniary penalties include fines, restitution, or damages. The

means that to enforce payment of pecuniary penalties of these three kinds includes

any legal means or detention ...

Article 209: Any person who maliciously attempts to change or destroy the Government,

the organizations of public authority ... commits a fourth degree felony.

Article 229: A person who threatens, looks down on, or makes rude or insolent

remarks about the Cambodian Government in public shall be charged with a petty crime.

Article 293: Paragraph Four: A Royal Decree, with approval of the Royal

Government, may prohibit material that is contrary to public order, customs, or to

the respect of the King or the royal family, or to the State religion or to authorities

appointed under the constitution, from being published or announced in books, produced

in documents for reading or listening...

Article 295: To insult or curse the work performed by Government staff

in public by any means stated under Article 290 [orally, in writing or by showing

pictures or movies ...] shall be charged as a second degree misdemeanor...

Article 300: A person who orally, by writing or drawing pictures or physically

threatens or looks down on an officer or a representative of public authorities performing

administrative duties shall be charged with a first degree misdemeanor.

Article 436: The above misdemeanor penalties shall be enhanced up to the

maximum punishment when a threat to force sexual relations comes under the following


1: If a woman or man who is threatened into having sexual relations loses virginity...

4: If a woman or man who is forced to have sex is a legitimate spouse of another

man or woman ...

Article 440: A husband of wife who brings a lover to the house which is

the residence of their spouse, whether the spouse consents or not, shall be charged

with a first degree misdemeanor. If their are small children in the house the penalty

imposed shall be up to the maximum punishment.

Article 444: A pregnant woman who uses any means to abort her fetus shall

be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. The penalty imposed shall be up to the

maximum punishment as for an accomplice.

Article 516: A Tonctine agreement shall be in writing, signed stamped or

sealed. If the legal formalities for a Tonctine are not fulfilled, the Tonctine contract

shall be void. The head of a Tonctine who fails to fulfill these formalities shall

be liable for punishment equal to a second degree misdemeanor, regardless of what

punishment is specified in the code for stamps and seals.

Article 529: A person who freely agreed in front of a communal authority

to enter into a written contract to work for another, but did not finish the work

paid for in advance and has fled without repaying the compensation for the unfinished

work, he shall be charged with a first degree misdemeanor.



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