Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 'Salt' land case

'Salt' land case

'Salt' land case

A senior military official agreed to return 1,200 hectares of land to residents of

three indigenous villages in Ratanakkiri, provided he receives $35,000 in compensation

from Prime Minister Hun Sen. General Nuon Phea told the Appeals Court on July 31

that he would transfer the 247 land titles to villagers, who accused him of illegally

seizing their land in exchange for bags of salt. Hun Sen last year promised to compensate

Phea if he returned the land. The hearing marks the latest episode in a legal battle

which has gone on for years, and in which King Norodom Sihanouk intervened on the

villagers' behalf. The court will issue its decision on August 6.

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman