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After Arrests, Environment NGO Defends Tactics

When Sam Samnang’s son decided to join the ranks of environmental NGO Mother Nature, she knew he was in for trouble. Her worries, it turned out, were well founded.

Cambodia Still Near Bottom of Laundering Index

Cambodia is still among the 10 most at-risk countries in the world for money laundering and terrorist financing, despite being one of two countries that saw the greatest improvements, according to an annual global index released Tuesday.

Wild Macaques ‘Laundered’ for Sale in Vietnam

Considered a nuisance throughout much of Cambodia, the long-tailed macaque might not seem like a species in need of protection.

More Than 200 Montagnards Now in Phnom Penh, UN Says

The number of Montagnard asylum seekers in Phnom Penh has doubled over the past two months with the U.N. saying Thursday that there are now more than 200 in the capital, but the government’s refugee department again denied knowledge of the group.

Man Charged Over Attacking British Tourist With Ax

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged a man Sunday with intentional violence after he confessed to using an ax to hack a British tourist in the head last week at a park in Daun Penh district, officials said Monday.

Lawmaker, NGO Want Gov’t to Probe Dredging

As an environmental NGO held a press conference in Phnom Penh on Monday to present evidence against a company it accuses of illegally extracting sand from an estuary in Koh Kong province, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to order an investigation into the reports of unchecked dredging.

Human Trafficking Still Rife In Cambodia, US Report Says

Amid numerous reports of Cambodian women being trafficked to China and men being used as forced labor on fishing boats, the U.S.’ latest Trafficking in Persons report again said Cambodia is not doing enough to combat human trafficking.

Interpol Assists Hunt for Alleged Drug Kingpin

A Cambodian man has been put on Interpol’s most-wanted list and is thought to be hiding in Laos or Burma after evading police last month when they attempted to arrest him for allegedly leading a multi million-dollar international drug smuggling ring, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities to Deport Convicted British Pedophile by Week’s End

A British national and convicted pedophile, who served about three quarters of his two-year sentence for child sex abuse, will be deported to the U.K. by the end of the week, an immigration official said Sunday.

End of the Road

The note was concise, just five lines of Khmer script scrawled in gold ink on a leaf of notepad paper. “Final word,” it read. “1: Sell my truck to pay for concrete. 2: Get $1,000 back from Ly Oun at Prey Phdao [market] and pay teacher Chamroeun for the gravel.” The message ended with the word “goodbye.”

CPP Senator Launches $20M TV Station

With the launch of his very own $20 million TV station Saturday, CPP senator and tycoon Ly Yong Phat is set to become yet another influential media mogul openly aligned with the ruling party.

Official Believes Tip-Off Helped Drug Kingpin Escape Dragnet

After one of the alleged leaders of a busted multi-milliondollar international drug smuggling ring slipped through a police dragnet in Stung Treng province on Tuesday, an anti-drug official said an information leak likely helped the man escape.

After Criticism, Ministry Restores Company Database

Just days after a human rights group criticized the Commerce Ministry for stripping its newly revamped website of detailed information on businesses operating in Cambodia, the ministry restored its searchable database.

New Commerce Ministry Website Lacks Facts

As the only finalist in its category at Thursday’s Cambodia Information and Communications Technology awards, the Commerce Ministry looks likely to take home first prize for its newly overhauled website. But two months after the website went live, not everyone is singing its praises.

Woman Arrested for Pimping Teenage Girls to Foreigners, Locals

A woman was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Monday for allegedly pimping out at least seven underage girls to Cambodian and foreign men, police and an NGO said Tuesday.

$3M Drug Bust Includes Largest Ever Meth Haul

Police in Phnom Penh made the country’s largest ever methamphetamine seizure late last week after arresting three members of a trafficking ring who were found with nearly 55 kg of drugs worth about $3 million, most of which was destined for Taiwan, an official said Saturday.

Police Say No Leads in Murder of Man in Noodle Restaurant

Police said Monday they have no leads in Sunday night’s slaying of a man who was beaten to the ground before being shot in the back of the head inside a noodle restaurant in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang I commune.

Interior Ministry Wants HRW Director Barred From Cambodia

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Sunday that prominent human rights campaigner Brad Adams would be barred from entering Cambodia if he did not apologize for a statement last week in which he argued that CPP President Chea Sim should have been investigated for crimes he allegedly committed as a Khmer Rouge official.

Man Gunned Down in Noodle Restaurant; Motive Unknown

A man was gunned down at a noodle shop in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang I commune Sunday night after running inside the restaurant while attempting to flee from two attackers, an official said.

Montagnards Are Not Asylum Seekers, Interior Spokesman Says

There are now 109 Montagnard asylum seekers in Phnom Penh waiting to be registered, according to the U.N., but a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said Monday the government does not recognize any of them as legitimate asylum seekers.