Representatives of more than 160 families involved in a land dispute in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Thursday filed a complaint with City Hall and delivered a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet, calling on authorities to keep their former ally from developing the contested plot.
A group of 163 families—who say they were granted the 1-hectare plot by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2011 after a lengthy legal dispute with a local businessman—accuse Chea Sarom, one of the other awardees, of claiming the land for herself.
“We filed a complaint to City Hall because we are worried that City Hall issued a letter to give Chea Sarom permission to develop the land,” villager Houy Daravy said.
Although three villagers were allowed inside City Hall to file their complaint, municipal spokesman Long Dimanche said city officials could not intervene without the blessing of the prime minister.
“We cannot do anything, so we will ask Samdech [Hun Sen] about the dispute.”
Kong Chamroeun, a secretary in the prime minister’s cabinet, accepted the petition near the prime minister’s house.