Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Group charged over violent land grab

Group charged over violent land grab

Group charged over violent land grab

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Saturday charged four men and three women over an attempt to grab land in Ream National Park which resulted in officers being injured during a clash.

Court spokesman Lim Bun Heng said the seven people were clearing state forest land in the park for occupation when they were confronted by authorities on Wednesday.

He said the group was charged over the assault of several officers and under the forestry law for attempting to grab state land.

Provincial Hall spokesman Kheang Phearum said the group was burning the land when they were confronted by the authorities, who were in the area to dismantle illegal huts built within the park in Prey Nop district’s Ream commune.

During the confrontation, the accused assaulted police using sticks, stones, machetes, axes, bottles and a slingshot, he said.

He said Tuol Toteung commune police chief Ny Sarath and Roeung Sokchea, a member of the Special Intervention Unit within the National Military Police, were injured during the clash.

He said the seven people who were arrested had come to the area from the provinces of Prey Veng, Kampong Thom and Stung Treng.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen asks Cambodians to believe in government

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked citizens and investors to trust that the government will overcome the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the loss of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. Speaking to reporters at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh,

  • Tragedy as four lions devour teenager in Pakistan safari park

    In a horrifying incident at an animal park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, four lions killed a 17-year-old grass reaper. However, how Muhammad Bilal Hussain managed to get near the lions was yet to be ascertained. Safari officials said Hussain climbed a 3.7m high

  • Westerdam passenger ‘never had’ Covid-19

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US citizen that allegedly tested positive in Malaysia after travelling on the Westerdam was never infected with Covid-19 in the first place. In an article published in the newspaper USA Today on Friday, CDC

  • ‘Ghost staff’ found, $1.7M returned to state coffers

    The Ministry of Civil Service said more than seven billion riel ($1.7 million) in salaries for civil servants was returned to the state last year after it discovered that the books had been cooked to pay ‘ghost officials’. This is despite claims by the Ministry of

  • Woman wanted for killing own son

    Police in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district are on the lookout for a woman who allegedly hacked her son to death on Sunday in Stung Meanchey III commune. District police chief Meng Vimeandara identified the son as Chan Sokhom, 32. “The offender can’t escape forever.

  • Gloom hits Siem Reap tourism

    As the Kingdom’s overall tourism sector continued to grow last year, industry insiders in Siem Reap have expressed their deep concerns, citing a sharp drop in Chinese arrivals to the province beginning late last month. Cambodia earned $4.91 billion in international tourism revenue last year,