Cambodia morning news for January 17

Cambodia morning news for January 17

Cambodia morning news

Police Commission Hears Witnesses in Probe of Cambodian Protester’s Alleged Death by Torture
A commission set up by Cambodia’s National Military Police heard testimony from five witnesses Thursday in an alleged torture case that resulted in the death this month of a man who was detained for joining a land-rights protest.
— Radio Free Asia 

Police clash with villagers over land encroachment
Preah Sihanouk provincial officials yesterday clashed with a group of villagers armed with sticks and machetes as the officials were trying to dismantle illegally built homes in the Ream National Park.
— Khmer Times 

The U.S. Ambassador Says Sihanoukville’s Expansion Comes with Major Challenges
“Sihanoukville is transforming, which produces economic opportunities but also growing pains that pose serious challenges,” he said at a meeting with business representatives and members of the area’s chamber of commerce, according to a U.S. Embassy press release.
— Thmey Thmey 

B Meanchey governor, five others sued for manslaughter, torture
Three of five land dispute victims, representing 150 families in Banteay Meanchey province’s Slakram commune, on Tuesday sued provincial governor Um Reatrey and five others for manslaughter, and the use of intentional violence against them while they were detained for protesting outside the provincial hall last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sihanoukville authorities demolish stalls along O’tres beach
Sihanoukville officials yesterday began dismantling 62 stalls along O’tres beach following warnings to vendors to remove them after an eviction notice was issued on December 4.
— Khmer Times 

Dead Elephant Found In Ratanakiri River
On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, three Oyadaw National Park rangers found the body of am elephant in the water between the provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondul Kiri after receiving a report from fishermen.
— CNE 

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Illicit Sexual Conduct While Traveling and Residing in Cambodia
A Kentucky resident pleaded guilty in federal court today that he, a U.S. citizen, engaged and attempted to engage in illicit sexual conduct with two minor females while he traveled and resided in Cambodia.
— Justice News 

Cambodia’s Military Chief Makes a Historic Visit to Myanmar
Pisen was welcomed by his Myanmar counterpart Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a ceremony that took place in Naypidaw, Myanmar’s capital.
— Thmey Thmey 

Released Battambang Man Returns To Life Of Crime
Two suspects, one of them released from prison six months ago were detained after being chased by police.
— CNE  

Cambodian PM Hands over Decoration to Former First Lady of Japan
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen (R, Pic. 1) confers a decoration on H.E. Mrs. Obuchi Chizuko, former First Lady of Japan, at their courtesy meeting here this morning at the Peace Palace.
— AKP 

Treason trial opens for Cambodia opposition leader
The treason trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha opened Wednesday, more than two years after his arrest in a case decried by his family as a “farce” and widely pilloried as politically motivated.
— The Asean Post 

Apsara Authority slams website over Angkor Wat
The Apsara Authority has slammed an Australian travel website for telling readers to visit other temples on the Angkor site because Angkor Wat is starting to show “signs of wear and tear”.
— Khmer Times

ACU to recruit 75 additional personnel
The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is reinforcing its operations with the recruitment of 75 officers, it announced on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia Seeks Japan’s Assistance in Human Resources Training in Civil Engineering
Cambodian public works and transport minister has requested Japan to assist the ministry in building civil engineering skills for its relevant officials.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Heads for AMM Retreat in Viet Nam
A Cambodian delegation led by H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, left here this morning for Viet Nam to attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) to take place in Nha Trang city on Jan. 16-17.

Cambodian Court Under Fire From Opposition, NGOs on Second Day of Kem Sokha Trial
A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access to the proceedings.
— Radio Free Asia 

Government Lawyer denies Saying Countries Were Accused in Court of Conspiring with Kem Sokha
Sokha, who headed the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has denied all charges of “conspiracy with foreign powers” brought against him by the Cambodian authorities.
— Thmey Thmey 

How do we improve safety in the Kingdom’s booming construction sector?
Collapsed buildings and construction-related deaths in the past six months, alongside 23 already constructed buildings earmarked to be demolished, have drawn unwarranted attention to the issue of safety.
— Khmer Times

Kem Sokha Trial Adjourned Till Next Week, Defense Given Time To Submit Evidence
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court prematurely ended Thursday’s hearing into Kem Sokha’s treason trial, to allow for the defense to consolidate all the documents and evidence it planned to present before the court.
— VOA 

Ministry issues warning against those responsible for forest fires
With incidents of costly human-caused forest fires continuing to occur every year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has issued an instruction outlining that those responsible for such blazes face three to 10 years in prison.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Qatar Airways to Launch Siem Reap-Doha Direct Route This Year
Qatar Airway, the national carrier of Qatar will fly from its capital Doha to Siem Reap this year, according to a news release from Cambodia Airports, the company developing and managing the three international airports in the Kingdom.
— AKP  

Minister defends law changes
The Minister of Labour and Vocational Training on Thursday defended recently proposed amendments to the Labour Law despite criticism from union leaders, arguing that they will bring investment to the Kingdom and create jobs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Korean Tourist Dies In Siem Reap Dune Buggy Accident
The body of a Korean man was found after a night search. Authorities said the victim and his friend were driving a four-wheeled buggy when they fell into a pit about 20 meters deep in Ta Chak Village, Srae Commune, Siem Reap City, at 5 pm on the 15th of December.
— CNE 

First deportees of the year touch down in Cambodia
Twenty-five Cambodian-Americans landed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, marking the first such deportations of the year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vehicle checks hit the road
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has released a schedule for mobile vehicle checks in 14 provinces where there are no official inspection centres.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Work on law on WMD financing continues
A draft law on curtailing the financing of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has been reviewed by local officials and is on course to reach the National Assembly, according to the Ministry of Interior.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM seeks Japan’s help in developing blockchain tech
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met a Japanese delegation at the Peace Palace to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the development of blockchain technology.
— Khmer Times  


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