RCAF Moves to New Military Court Building

The RCAF’s military court building was handed over to an un­known entity almost a year ago, and court staff have moved to a new building at the military prison in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon dis­trict, co-Minister of Defense Tea Banh said Sunday.

“It was changed almost a year ago for a new building which is al­most finished,” Tea Banh said, ad­ding the court property in central Phnom Penh, located near Phsar Thmei in Prampi Makara district, was exchanged and not sold.

“The building is too old to keep. We are afraid it will collapse and kill staff,” he said.

Tea Banh would not say who will occupy the land where the now-demolished military court building once stood and declined to give details of the exchange.

Ney Thol, director of the military court, said Sunday that his of­­fice moved to the new building more than 10 days ago. The old one has since been leveled. He de­scribed the new building as room­ier and safer for moving prisoners from their cells to court. He said he requested a new building be­cause the old one was dilapidated.

“I got a new place. I came to a new place. I returned the old place to the government,” he said.

He did not know how much the Ministry of Finance paid to build the new court. Asked whether the site of the former building had been sold, Ney Thol an­swered: “Let us end the conversation.” He de­clined to comment further.

Last week, property investment firm Phanimex Co Ltd revealed it had acquired the Phnom Penh Muni­cipal Police headquarters near Phsar Thmei on Street 51, in ex­­change for the construction of new headquarters on the outskirts of the city.

Kith Meng, chairman of the Royal Group family of companies, al­so disclosed this month that he was in talks with the Ministry of In­terior to rent land at the state-run Preah Monivong Hospital, at­tached to the municipal police headquarters.

Meanwhile, a senior police official said last week that the Muni­ci­pal Traffic Police Department head­­quarters on the corner of Mon­­i­­­­vong Boulevard and Russian Boule­vard had been sold to an un­named private firm about one year ago.

Local rights groups have urged the government to re­veal deals in­volving state-owned land.

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