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CPP Official Alleges Embezzlement of Roads Budgets

A senior government official has accused authorities involved in the construction and repair of the nation’s roads of embezzling a significant portion of the money budgeted to them.

Two Charged for Raid on Government Building

A district official and a retired Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldier in Stung Treng province have been arrested and charged for allegedly leading hundreds of villagers on a raid of a local Forestry Administration building to reclaim their impounded tractors, officials said Sunday.

Military Police Arrest Former Consul to Vietnam

Military police arrested the former consul-general to Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday for allegedly providing fraudulent documents to a trader exporting timber to Vietnam, a senior official said.

Stung Treng Villagers Storm Forestry Office, Reclaim Vehicles

About 200 angry villagers in a timber-rich district of Stung Treng province stormed a local Forestry Administration office Monday and reclaimed vehicles impounded by officials there.

Sesan II Reservoir a Laundry for Illegal Timber

Filthy trucks loaded with luxury timber rule the red-earth roads in this heavily deforested district. Each day, dozens of 10-wheelers bounce along the pot-holed roads, carting logs of the much-sought Thnong timber. And while some of the cargo is legal, much of it is not.

Stung Treng Villagers Caught in Forestry Racket

For the elite few granted the right to level swathes of woodland in the north of this remote province, the timber trade is worth a fortune. For the Forestry Administration—the government body charged with policing logging—business is also booming.

Ousted Former TVK Director Returns to Work

Kem Gunawadh, the former director-general of state broadcaster TVK, returned to work at the station Monday after his highly publicized resignation last week.

Supreme Court Postpones Hearing on Luxury Hotel

The Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed its hearing of a long-running legal dispute between French shareholders in Siem Reap’s luxury Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa after a two-hour hearing saw no new evidence presented.

Supreme Court to Hear Siem Reap Hotel Case

A long-running legal dispute between shareholders of Siem Reap City’s Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa will be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, even though no new evidence has been presented since the court ordered an audit last year, a senior court official said Tuesday.

TVK Director Resigns, Apparently in Response to Gov’t Criticism

Kem Gunawadh, the long-serving director-general of TVK who helped set up the state broadcaster in 1983, resigned abruptly on Saturday in what his successor said was a reaction to government criticism over his decision not to broadcast live that morning’s annual Royal Plowing Ceremony.

US-Cambodian Military Training Event Begins

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and U.S. Army Pacific Command began a 10-day training exercise in Kompong Speu province Monday.

Rainsy Party Announces Boycott of Senate

The Sam Rainsy Party’s small Senate delegation released a statement Thursday saying it would boycott Friday’s Senate session in order to protest the lack of progress in talks to end the political deadlock after last year’s disputed election.

Three Arrested in Land Dispute With Governor

Villagers involved in a long-running land dispute with a company alleged to be owned by Pailin Governor Y Chhien were arrested Monday for failing to heed an order from Mr. Chhien to vacate the disputed land, rights workers said.

Former Minister’s Son Follows Him to Ministry

The son of Cham Prasidh, the former commerce minister who was named minister for industry and handicrafts last year, is among three senior Commerce Ministry officials replaced by sub-decree on Wednesday after having taken up positions in the new Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts.

Photo Tribute Book Offers a Window Into Bun Rany’s World

The Cambodian Photographers Association has produced a 192-page hardbound book tribute to Bun Rany, the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which details Ms. Rany’s personal biography and philosophy through a series of glossy photographs.

Phnom Penh Governor Tells Officials to ‘Fix Frustrated People’

The Phnom Penh governor on Tuesday told city officials to halt corruption and work harder to provide public services in an effort to restore confidence among the people who were so frustrated with the ruling party that they voted for the opposition CNRP in last year’s national election.

Phnom Penh Governor on Crusade to Shut Down Shisha Cafes

Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said Tuesday he would shut down the shisha bars—where customers smoke flavored tobacco through large Middle-Eastern style water pipes—that have recently sprung up around the city.

Vietnamese Embassy Keeping Close Watch on Mob Killing Case

The Vietnamese Embassy said Wednesday that it is closely following the investigation into the mob killing of Nguyen Vann Chean on Saturday, and that embassy representatives were meeting with Cambodian police to monitor their progress in identifying the killers.

Phnom Penh Bus Service Expanding by Two Routes

City Hall is drawing up plans to roll out an expanded public bus service after more than 20,000 passengers took the limited service along Monivong Boulevard during the first two weeks of a month-long public transport experiment, Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said Tuesday.

Phnom Penh Governor Tells Officials to Monitor City’s Markets

Acting on direct orders from Prime Minister Hun Sen, Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong on Tuesday called on municipal officials to strictly monitor the companies that collect daily fees from the city’s market vendors.