A group of families in Banteay Meanchey province filed a lawsuit on August 5 against four officials and 13 local businessmen alleging they used forged documents to claim ownership of more than 100 hectares of land in a long-running conflict dating back nearly two decades.
The 51 families have been embroiled in a dispute with local businessman Tuy Vanny over 113 hectares in Poipet City’s Nimit commune since 2001. They say that in 2015, Vanny procured land titles for 66 hectares which he claimed to have bought from 14 of the families, but villagers allege he had colluded with local authorities to create the titles to grab the farmland in Soriya village.
Provincial Deputy Prosecutor Teng Samai said August 26 that the court is conducting an investigation into the complaint over committing forgery and using forged public documents, and will summon plaintiffs to verify the case.
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