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Oknha files complaint in dispute over land

Officials inspect the area under dispute.
Officials inspect the area under dispute. Photo supplied

Oknha files complaint in dispute over land

An Oknha has filed a complaint seeking $100,000 in compensation from a navy commander in Preah Sihanouk for allegedly encroaching on his land and threatening his employees.

In a complaint filed to provincial authorities on Monday, Te Taing Por – who holds the title of oknha, which roughly translates to “tycoon” – accused Ream Naval Base Commander Ouk Seiha of hiring people to tear down a wall surrounding Taing Por’s property in Prey Nob district.

The complaint alleges that navy official Oeu Saroeun and 20 to 30 armed forces arrived Saturday, threatened employees with guns and told Taing Por’s driver that if he did not follow orders they “will handcuff and shoot them”.

Taing Por also alleges that another navy official, Puth Dy, encroached on the land with 20 to 30 men in 2007, but that he paid them $53,500 to stop.

“This time I cannot tolerate him,” Taing Por said yesterday, adding that the forces had to have been ordered by their commander, Seiha.

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Governor Yun Min maintained the conflict had almost been resolved. “I don’t want to make the problem bigger, so [you] should not publish it,” he said.

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