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Court Upholds Sentence Over Facebook ‘Color Revolution’

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an 18-month prison sentence for a university student who called for a “color revolution” in a Facebook post last year.

Governors Warned Over Illicit Fishing

Interior Minister Sar Kheng issued a warning on Wednesday to the governors of the provinces around the Tonle Sap lake: Stop illegal fishing or face losing your jobs.

Court Closes Investigation Into Murder of Analyst Kem Ley

The investigation into the July murder of popular political analyst Kem Ley has been closed, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman said on Wednesday, leaving his friends and family angry and the public with almost no answers about what many believe was a political assassination.

Life Sentences for Three Marijuana Traffickers

Three marijuana traffickers who claimed minor roles in a multinational syndicate, and an alleged Thai mastermind who remains on the run were slapped with life sentences as the government intensifies its crackdown on drug-related crimes.

Jail Time Piles Up for Sam Rainsy

CNRP President Sam Rainsy was handed a five-year prison sentence by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday, adding to a previous two-year term he has evaded in exile. He was convicted along with two of his Facebook managers over a video posted online last year.

CNRP President Sam Rainsy Sentenced to a Further Five Years in Prison

CNRP President Sam Rainsy and two assistants who worked on his Facebook page were sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday as accomplices to an opposition senator who cited a false border treaty in a video criticizing the government.

CNRP Wants Charge Over Poipet Flopper Re-Examined

The opposition CNRP on Monday urged the government to thoroughly investigate the assault charge laid against a party official in Banteay Meanchey province for allegedly driving into a police officer, who appeared to fall to the ground without actually being hit in video footage of the incident.

No License Needed for Small-Engine Motorbikes—Officially

The National Assembly on Monday approved nine amendments to the traffic law, raising the minimum driving age, increasing penalties for some driving infractions and removing a license requirement for drivers of motorbikes with 125cc engines and smaller.

Release of ‘Political Prisoners’ Uncertain, CPP and CNRP Say

Almost three weeks after acting CNRP President Kem Sokha met with Prime Minister Hun Sen and reportedly put the wheels in motion for four officers from rights group Adhoc and an election official to be freed from prison, officials on Monday indicated that no progress had since been made.

Supreme Court Hears ‘Color Revolution’ Facebook Case

A university student imprisoned for calling for a “color revolution” in a Facebook post appealed his sentence to the Supreme Court on Friday, the latest episode in a case that has raised alarms about the muzzling of Cambodians’ freedom of expression.

Court of Appeal Upholds CNRP Lawmaker’s Prison Term

The Court of Appeal on Friday upheld the more than two-year prison sentence the Phnom Penh Municipal Court gave opposition lawmaker Um Sam An for Facebook posts critical of the government’s demarcation of the country’s frontier with Vietnam.

Government Outlines Multipronged Approach to Fight Drug Use

Officials on Thursday further outlined the government’s anti-drug campaign to be rolled out on January 1, saying it would include stepped-up law enforcement, rehabilitation, anti-trafficking and education.

Interior Minister Says Anti-Trafficking Support Insufficient

Cambodians who have fallen victim to human trafficking have not received sufficient protection against exploitation or support from the government in navigating the judicial system, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Wednesday.

Interior Minister Wants Special Jail for Drug Offenders

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday called for the construction of a prison specifically to house drug offenders in an effort to prevent the use of illicit substances from spreading among inmates.

China Donates $11M in Vehicles and Office Equipment for Elections

The National Election Committee (NEC) has received $11 million worth of cars, motorbikes, video conferencing equipment, computers and printers from China, surpassing the value of earlier aid from the E.U. and Japan for a computerized registration system.

Convicted Terrorist Claims Brother Was Poisoned in Prison

The leader of the government-branded terrorist group Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) said on Monday that his 30-year-old brother had been poisoned while serving time at Prey Sar prison, where he died on December 14, a claim denied by authorities.

Marijuana Traffickers Put Blame on ‘Mr. James’

Three Cambodian men accused of trafficking almost 1.5 tons of marijuana through Cambodia from Laos downplayed their involvement in the smuggling on Fri­day, passing the buck onto two foreigners who remain at large.

Three Men Get Life for Murdering Gambling Den Owner

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday sentenced three men to life in prison for the fatal beating of the owner of a small Phnom Penh gambling den where they lost money.

Brother of KNLF Leader Dies in Prey Sar Prison

The 30-year-old brother of Sam Serey, the exiled president of the Khmer National Liberation Front—a group branded as terrorists by the government—died in prison on Wednesday night from a heart attack, officials said on Thursday.

Duterte Inks Deals, Wins Hearts in Capital

After meeting with an adoring crowd of Filipino expatriates in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte got to work on Wednesday, meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen to sign four deals, boost trade and offer scholarships to Cambodians, an official said.