Assembly to Question Phanimex Director

The National Assembly’s bipartisan Anti-Corruption Commission will today question Phanimex Development director Suy Sophan, who has been at the center of a bitter land dispute with more than 150 families in Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila neighborhood.

“We have summoned her to appear before the Anti-Corruption Commission at 2:30 p.m.,” CNRP lawmaker and commission member Nuth Rumduol said Wednesday.

“We want her to give answers regarding allegations of corruption at the Borei Keila construction site.” Since being violently evicted from their homes in January 2012, the families have been living in crude shelters behind the apartment blocks the company built for some of the evictees.

The company promised to construct 10 apartment buildings to house the more than 1,000 families who lost their land, but only built eight.

The homeless families filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Commission on September 8, accusing CPP lawmaker and former municipal Governor Kep Chuktema, local authorities and Phanimex of corruption over its failure to built the two remaining structures.

Ms. Sophan said Wednesday that either she or a proxy would go to the National Assembly today.

“I will report to the commission but I cannot give any details now.”

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