Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers protest land arrests at S'Ville court

Villagers protest land arrests at S'Ville court

Villagers protest land arrests at S'Ville court

OVER 200 villagers gathered at Preah Sihanouk provincial court Tuesday and Wednesday calling  for the release of four villagers detained by the court in relation to a local land dispute.

The four men, from Stung Hav district's Tomnob Rolok commune, were detained Tuesday on accusations of incitement and violating land owned of a local businessman.

Court prosecutor Bu Bunnang told the Post that the case was handed over to investigating Judge Svay Sunh who issued a warrant to detain the four men, but did not comment further.

The four detained men, Yus Saron, Soy Sokha, Kok Bunchhoeun and Ka Sochea, were arrested after being summoned to court Tuesday for questioning about having settled and farmed land allegedly owned by businessman Chhim Hour, said Yus Saron's son, Yus Vuthy, 33.

Ke Nan, 45, a community representative, said 253 families have lived and farmed on the 60-hectare plot since 1997, when they cleared forest and occupied the site.

The dispute began in 2007, she said, when local businessman Chhim Hour claimed ownership of the land and gained recognition from the National Authority for the Resolution of Land Disputes.

Earlier this year, the authority granted plots of land to 103 families living on the land, Ke Nan said, but added that the rest have so far been given nothing.

Chan Chamroeun, a provincial investigator for local rights group Adhoc, said Thursday that the group would "intervene to call for the release of the four men and for a halt to arrests in relation to this land dispute". 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • 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