Cambodia’s Courts Under the Microscope With Australian Missionary Trial

The case is yet another test for the justice system in the Southeast Asian state.

In a Cambodian court room in the provincial town of Tachmao, an Australian missionary is again being forced to defend himself over failed efforts by a South Korean-based charity to construct a school for 1,000 bilingual students.

His case is a test for a justice system ranked by the World Justice Project as “the worst civil justice system in the region.” It ranks second lowest in an index of 113 countries.

Chan had worked as a volunteer for a Christian charity His International Services (HIS), alongside director Jung Young-Kim from South Korea, which contracted local company PHV Construction to build the school.

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