Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - High-profile arrest in land deal gone awry




High-profile arrest in land deal gone awry

High-profile arrest in land deal gone awry

Influential businesswoman You Chantha was arrested on Wednesday over allegations she cleared 17 hectares of land in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, defying a court order handed down as part of an ongoing land dispute.

“After her arrest, she was sent to the Ministry of Interior for questioning,” said district police chief Yim Sarann.

Chantha reportedly constructed buildings on the plot in Trapaing Krasaing commune’s Prey Daun Ouk village, despite an ongoing legal battle with the Chinese Hok Kien Association since 2007.

According to that organisation, the land is an ancient Chinese gravesite.

Captain Seng Sopheak, of the Interior Ministry’s penal police department, said Chantha began clearing the land in 2014, prompting the association’s vice-president, Seng Siheng, to petition Phnom Penh Municipal Court for an injunction.

The injunction was granted in December, but was apparently ignored by Chantha.

Chantha is known to have strong ties in the judiciary and to have been a close associate of disgraced former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov.

Pov was imprisoned in 2006 for more than 40 years on multiple charges, including involvement in attempted murders.

Prior to his arrest, Pov fled to Malaysia, claiming to have information about high-level corruption in Cambodia.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped

  • Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

    The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • Influenza breaks out in eight provinces

    Nearly 600 people have been infected with influenza in eight provinces in the past month, Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said. The ministry is advising extreme caution. A report released by Vandine on Saturday said the Ministry of Health observed transmissions of influenza between August 15