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Court Rejects Request to Have Hun Sen Testify in Kim Sok Case

Jailed political firebrand Kim Sok’s attempt to have Prime Minister Hun Sen testify in court over a lawsuit claiming defamation and incitement was rejected on Wednesday by the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Not Reviewing Bail for ‘Adhoc 5’

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said there was no need to review a bail request for four of the Adhoc 5, citing their surprise release last week from provisional detention.

Kem Ley Memorials Planned in Capital, Takeo, Melbourne

Political analyst Kem Ley will be remembered in memorial ceremonies hosted by his family, overseas supporters and the political party he helped start on Sunday and Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of his murder.

First Appeal of CNRP Insurrection Convictions Rejected

The Appeal Court on Friday rejected the first appeal against the convictions of 11 opposition figures who were found guilty of insurrection in 2015 over a political protest in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, a lawyer said.

Court Upholds Sok Hour, Rainsy Border Treaty Convictions

The Appeal Court on Thursday upheld a seven-year prison sentence against an opposition senator for presenting a doctored copy of a border treaty in a video posted to the Facebook page of former CNRP President Sam Rainsy—who also had a five-year sentence against him upheld for being an accomplice.

Commentator Asks Hun Sen To Explain Lawsuit

Political commentator Kim Sok on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to compel Prime Minister Hun Sen to explain—in person—the lawsuit he filed against him claiming defamation and incitement.

Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Sandal-Tossing Labor Activist

The Kompong Speu Provincial Court issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a labor activist wanted for questioning in an alleged incitement case filed after she tossed her sandal at a CPP sign featuring Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Tea Banh’s Son Made Deputy Provincial Governor

The son of Defense Minister—and CPP stalwart—Tea Banh has been named a deputy governor of Siem Reap province, the latest appointment of a top official’s scion.

Four Found Guilty in Absentia in Chinese Bride Trafficking Case

Four people received prison sentences ranging from two to 10 years in absentia on Friday for their roles in attempting to traffic three sisters and another woman to be brides in China.

Man Gets Life for Attempted Heroin Smuggling

A 22-year-old Malaysian man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for trying to smuggle more than 1 kilogram of heroin—with a street value of about $700,000—out of Cam­bodia last year.

Malaysian Man Sentenced to Life Over $700k Heroin

A 22-year-old Malaysian man on Friday was sentenced to life in prison for trying to smuggle more than a kilogram of heroin -- with a street value of around $700,000 -- out of Cam­bodia last year.

Four Found Guilty in Chinese Bride Trafficking

Four people received sentences ranging from two to 10 years in absentia on Friday for their roles in attempting to traffic two sisters and another woman to be brides in China.

Capital Police Tell Citizen Road-Watchers to Stop Playing Traffic Cop

Phnom Penh’s head of police has told the capital’s 12 district police chiefs to be on the lookout for a group of citizen watchdogs who have been filming and stopping drivers who violate traffic laws and posting the videos online.

‘Adhoc 5’ Investigation Concluded; Trial Awaits

The 13-month investigation into five current and former human rights workers known as the ‘Adhoc 5’ has ended, a court spokesman said on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial in a case widely condemned as being unjust and politically motivated.

Kim Sok Accuses Hun Sen of Abusing Power at Bail Hearing

Jailed political commentator Kim Sok on Wednesday used his bail hearing to accuse Prime Minister Hun Sen of using his power to ensure his arrest and repeat a previous claim that he was being improperly detained at Prey Sar Prison.

Journalists Protest Arrest of Reporters in Ratanakkiri

About 50 journalists who work in provinces across the country gathered at the Information Ministry headquarters in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to protest the arrest of four journalists in Ratanakkiri province for alleged extortion last week.

Thousands of Pamphlets Prepared for Hun Sen Celebrations

Preparations for a day to lionize Prime Minister Hun Sen as the country’s savior are gathering momentum, including the printing of thousands of pamphlets touting his story and a push to incorporate it in the national school curriculum.

Officers Charged for Chasing Timber-Laden Van

Five police, military police and military officers were charged by the Kompong Cham Provincial Court on Saturday after firing their guns into the air while chasing a timber-laden van and piling the wood into their own cars last week, according to a police official.

Supreme Court Sentencing Appeal Delayed For Opposition Lawmaker

Imprisoned CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An, citing the absence of his lawyer, persuaded the Supreme Court on Friday to suspend a hearing on his appeal of a more than two-year prison sentence over Facebook posts critical of the government’s demarcation of the frontier with Vietnam.

Opposition Official Seeks More Information on Silica Sand Exports

CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay has formally asked Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem to provide detailed trade records for silica sand, the only variety of sand still allowed to leave Cambodia after an export ban was enacted last year amid corruption allegations.