More Than 40 File Complaints Against Long Chhin Resorts

More than 40 complaints have been received by the Kandal Prov­incial Court against Long Chhin Resorts from people who bought land the company had filled in at Kob Srov lake, provincial court Clerk Chan Na said Sunday.

“They have asked the court to punish [the company] and give them compensation,” he said.

The cost of claims made against Long Chhin Resorts could total over $20 million, according to both SRP lawmaker Son Chhay and Lao Mong Hay, senior researcher at the Asian Human Rights Commis­sion in Hong Kong.

Son Chhay said his figure was based on prices paid for filled-in land at the site, estimated at several hundred hectares.

In a column published by United Press International Asia Online, Lao Mong Hay reported that dem­olished structures at the planned luxury resort included seven 2-story apartment buildings, 21 finished villas, eight villas still under construction, three guesthouses, a karaoke hall, 10 leisure kiosks, a warehouse and an office building.

When officials halted construction at the lake—which helps protect Phnom Penh from flooding by absorbing rainwater—and froze Long Chhin Resorts’ bank ac­counts, they found a balance of only $4,000. The whereabouts of the company’s owner, Zhou Shi Min, are unknown.

Interior Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Khieu So­pheak would neither confirm nor deny Lao Mong Hay’s assertion that Zhou Shi Min had likely fled the country, referring questions to Interior Ministry Secretary of State Nuth Sa An, a member of the committee investigating the case.

Nuth Sa An declined to estimate the value of claims, referring questions to Minister of Water Re­sources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor, who could not be contacted Sunday.

Lao Mong Hay called on the government to deliver on promises to prosecute officials involved in the scandal, but added that the disappearance of Zhou Shi Min had rendered prosecution difficult.

 

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