Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers rally against verdict

Villagers rally against verdict

Villagers rally against verdict

Representatives of 42 families in Tuol Kork district protest yesterday against a Supreme Court verdict to remove their houses from a 6,000 square metre area of land claimed by a government official.

Forty-two families in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district yesterday appealed to Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene in the enforcement of a Supreme Court verdict today that will award land in Tuol Sangke commune’s Tuol Kork village to a former Funcinpec minister.

Villagers said yesterday that they bought the land from former Preah Vihear provincial governor Meas Savoeun five or six years ago after Meas Savoeun won the land from former Funcinpec minister Khun Haing, now a member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, and his counterpart Chao Va in a court case.

Villager Van Socheat said that his purchase of the land was recognised by commune authorities.

“I bought that land from Meas Savoeun that recognised by commune authority,” said Van Socheat.

Villagers claimed that that Khun Haing had faked documents to obtain the land.

A letter, signed by Russei Keo district governor Klaing Huot and obtained by The Post yesterday, stated that district authorities would cooperate with municipal court prosecutors to enforce the verdict today, but listed Tuol Sangke village instead of Tuol Kork village.

According to a verdict from 2004, Phnom Penh municipal court judge Un Bunna awarded 6,000 square metres of land in Tuol Kork village to Meas Savoeun’s wife Tang Chhun Eng.

Tuol Kork village chief Pol Dy said that Meas Savoeun took Khun Haing’s land.

“I don’t know the skill of court that decided this case for Meas Savoeun to win,” said Pol Dy.

Neither Klaing Huot nor Khun Haing could be reached for comment yesterday.


  • Professor beaten by mob in Phnom Penh after alleged hit-and-run

    Updated with new information: 6:44am, Tuesday March 13 2018 A university professor accused of a hit-and-run has been transported to Vietnam with serious head injuries after he was brutally beaten by a mob in Phnom Penh late Sunday afternoon. A video of the attack shows a group

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and