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Farmers Claim Losses in British Businessman’s Biofuel Case

Six years ago, about 300 farmers in Banteay Meanchey province were hired to lay the groundwork for a 3,000 hectare jatropha plantation—part of British businessman Gregg Fryett’s plan to establish a multimillion-dollar biofuel industry.

Police Ignorance, Culture Hinder Progress on Domestic Abuse

A poor grasp of domestic violence laws by police and a cultural bias that often overlooks such abuse are making it difficult for authorities to reduce the sexual and physical brutality that affects 1 in 5 Cambodian women, experts said at a meeting on Monday on preventing family violence.

Graft Hindering Fight Against Human Trafficking, Report Says

Widespread corruption among government officials is thwarting Cambodia’s efforts to combat human trafficking, the U.S. State Department said in an annual assessment that upgraded the country’s ranking, but found that it still failed to meet minimum standards.

Embassies Raise Concerns Over Briton’s Case

The U.K. is now stepping in to make sure suspected fraudster Gregg Fryett doesn’t fall victim to Cambodia’s corrupt court system.

Seeking Solace

Soewin Sabirahmad opened the door to his tiny concrete home and looked at a litter of cats curled up on the tiled floor, their sleepy eyes blinking back at him. “This is my family,” he said, dropping his camouflage backpack against a wall and sitting on the floor, where he picked up a ginger kitten.

Elderly Brit, Girlfriend Deny Drug Trafficking

An elderly British man, his Cambodian girlfriend and two Cambodian-American men went on trial on Wednesday for drug trafficking charges, more than a year after police arrested three members of the group for using and dealing crystal methamphetamine and marijuana.

Restaurant Workers Rehired After New Year Leave Dispute

More than a dozen employees fired from a Phnom Penh eatery on Monday after a dispute over pay during the Khmer New Year holiday were rehired on Tuesday following a protest that prompted negotiations with their employer, according to union representatives and Labor Ministry officials.

Fire Razes Dozens of Homes in City’s South

Key Sokha was preparing dinner for her family at their home in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Thursday night when a chorus of shouts broke out nearby.

Russia Claims Cambodia Failed To Notify of Embezzler’s Arrest

Cambodian officials have not informed Russian authorities about the arrest of a wanted embezzler in Sihanoukville last month, despite apprehending him at their request, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

Phnom Penh SEZ Gets Green Light for Listing

The Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been given the go-ahead to launch its initial public offering (IPO) this month on the Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX), according to the company, which would make it the fourth firm to list on the bourse.

Ministry Hits Back at Rebuke of Contentious Telecoms Law

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has defended the controversial new Telecommunications Law following a biting legal analysis by rights group Licadho, which says the legislation is a veiled tool to silence critics and potentially criminalize private expression.

Australian-Funded Police Posts to Aid Police Access

Sixteen new commune police offices will be opening in six provinces around the country over the next month as part of an Australian government initiative to increase access to law enforcement, Cambodian police said this week.

Government Unaware of at Least 128 Orphanages, Report Says

The government was unaware of about half of the residential child care centers operating in four provinces and Phnom Penh prior to a study conducted last year, according to a report released on Thursday.

Teenage Girl Rescued in Raid On Brothel; Manager Arrested

A 16-year-old was among six girls and women rescued during a raid on a brothel in Pursat City on Tuesday night that also resulted in the arrest of its manager, police and NGO officials said on Wednesday.

Women Freed From Prison After Order From Hun Sen

Two women who were jailed last week for allegedly breaching a court order related to an ongoing land dispute in Kompong Speu province were freed on Monday night—an hour after Prime Minister Hun Sen called for their release on his Facebook page.

Police Probe Alleged Violence in Sihanoukville

Police in Sihanoukville are investigating the alleged beating of a Moldovan expatriate by three men involved in a violent attack at the Queenco Hotel & Casino last year.

German Man Handed 1-Year Sentence for Sex Abuse of Boys

A German man was convicted yesterday for committing indecent sexual acts against two boys in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district, but was handed the minimum sentence of one year, meaning he will be free in a matter of months.