Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM’s edict not ‘interference’: official

PM’s edict not ‘interference’: official

A house belonging to a soldier on disputed land in Banteay Meanchey as seen earlier this month. Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen told provincial authorities to ignore a court order to evict the soldiers. RFA
A house belonging to a soldier on disputed land in Banteay Meanchey as seen earlier this month. Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen told provincial authorities to ignore a court order to evict the soldiers. RFA

PM’s edict not ‘interference’: official

A Justice Ministry official yesterday defended Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision to tell Banteay Meanchey provincial officials to disregard a Supreme Court court order in a land dispute.

The premier last week slammed the 2011 verdict, which declared Toul Sopheak and her family the rightful owners of a 4-hectare plot of land and ordered that the soldiers living there illegally be evicted.

In a public speech, he said he had told officials, both military and civilian, to block the long-delayed eviction of the soldiers, which was scheduled for March 16, and to review the case.

After seeing the soldiers’ plight on Facebook, Hun Sen said: “I had to take the phone and call to Bun Seng, the [military] head of Region 5 and ask ‘what’s the issue?’ . . . and I called the provincial governor and told him not to implement [the enforcement] . . . and review the case.”

Yesterday, Justice Ministry Secretary of State Ith Rady denied this amounted to judicial inference.

“He did not say not to implement, but he just said to delay,” Rady said.

“Sometimes because Samdech does not know about the case and the cause of the incidents clearly, and because of the verdict’s impact, Samdech just asks for a review to know what and how the case is.

“Interference would only be if he forced the court not to implement [the enforcement] and instead say it must do this or that. But for this case he just requested a review and in order to do this, we need to suspend the case for a while.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding