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Former US Diplomat Accused in $1M Fraud Case

Sichan Siv, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., was summoned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court last month and ordered to remain in Cambodia following allegations that he and two business partners defrauded a Phnom Penh dentist out of $1 million, officials have confirmed.

Prisoner Recounts Horrors of Kraing Ta Chan Prison

In the early 1970s, Soy Sen, the illegitimate son of a local official, lived with his grandmother in a tiny house here. Too poor to attend school past the second grade, he spent his days running free through his family’s small rice field as he tended cattle.

Monkeys Sent to US Died of Trauma En Route

Five monkeys raised in Cambodia died en route to a medical testing laboratory in the U.S. late last year and another 20 were euthanized upon arrival due to poor conditions during transport, a U.S. animal rights group has alleged.

Police Arrest Three Villagers Over Decade-Old Land Row

Authorities in Svay Rieng province’s Chantrea district on Thursday arrested three villagers involved in a decade-old land dispute with a man alleged to be a Phnom Penh military police officer, officials said.

US Chief of Pacific Command Meets With RCAF Commander

Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief General Pol Saroeun met Wednesday with General Vincent Brooks, the chief of the U.S. Army’s Pacific Command, to discuss cooperation between the two militaries in the region.

Judge Orders Interior Ministry to Reinvestigate Vallier Case

The Kompong Speu Provincial Court has ordered the Ministry of Interior to reopen its investigation into the death of a Frenchman and his four children, a judge said Thursday.

Prison Without Water Supply After Broken Pipe

Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison has been buying truckloads of water for inmates since a road construction crew broke the water pipe leading to the jail last week, officials said Sunday.

Hun Sen Asks Japan for Help Renovating Bridge

Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked Japan to help renovate the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge, which was built with Japanese support in the 1960s and recently developed cracks in one of its support beams.

French Autopsy Results Confirm Vallier Case Was Murder

Results of an autopsy conducted by a French team investigating the 2012 murder of a Frenchman and his four children in Kompong Speu province support the team’s initial conclusion of murder, a Cambodian judge said Tuesday.

Recruitment Agencies Operate Without Oversight

In June, after about a quarter million migrant workers returned from their jobs in Thailand fearing the military junta’s crackdown on illegal labor, Cambodia’s government announced it had slashed the cost of emigration, and would charge workers only $49 to legally return to work across the border.

Deceived Migrant Worker is Left Scrambling for a Refund

Nang Kumnour, a 25-year-old migrant worker who tried to enter Thailand last week, is too embarrassed to return home.

Ringleaders Arrested Attempting to Smuggle Workers Into Thailand

Oddar Meanchey provincial court charged four men and a woman with human trafficking on Saturday for attempting to illegally smuggle 51 migrant workers into Thailand, officials said Sunday.

Six More Offices to Open for Thai-Bound Workers

Passport offices will be set up in six more provinces in an effort to ease the remigration process for Cambodian workers heading back to Thailand, according to a Ministry of Interior official.

Four Offices to Open For Thailand-Bound Workers

Four “one-stop” offices to process documentation for Cambodians seeking legal work in Thailand will open on Tuesday after the Ministry of Labor issued a directive last week outlining how the migration process will operate, according to the head of the Ministry of Interior’s passport department.

Malaria Cases Down in First Six Months of the Year

Five Cambodians have died from malaria in the first six months of the year, down from six during the same period last year, while the number of recorded cases of the disease has dropped by about 20 percent compared to last year, according to the latest figures from the National Malaria Center.

Vallier Autopsy Awaits Translation After Arriving From France

The results of an autopsy and a crime scene report authored by a team of French investigators regarding the death of a French expatriate in Kompong Speu province in 2012 has been in the hands of Cambodian judicial officials for two weeks and is awaiting translation, a judge confirmed on Thursday.

Another Deceived Bride Repatriated From China

A Cambodian woman who went to China to marry a man there was repatriated on Thursday after escaping from her husband’s house and finding refuge at the Cambodian consulate in Guangzhou.

Workers Still Willing to Risk Illegal Thai Crossing

Despite a government strategy to help migrant workers return to Thailand legally after nearly 250,000 workers flooded back to Cambodia last month amid rumors of a crackdown, thousands are again crossing the border illegally.

Body of Missing Police Chief Is Found in Kompong Cham

The body of Svay Por commune police chief Chan Sophal, who disappeared on a solo mission last month to track down illegal fishermen in the area, was found on Friday by a group of local rice farmers on the edge of the wetlands he was apparently investigating, according to police.

As Fish Stocks Vanish, Locals Flout Law to Survive

Khan Thea, a subsistence fisherman who lives and works along this sprawling, 7,000-hectare lake fed by the Mekong River, was not having a good day on the water. Struggling to net even a single fish, he finally resorted to a dangerous—and illegal—technique: fishing with electric current.