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After Capture, Military Police Allow Loggers to Escape

Forestry officials in Mondolkiri province say local military police on Friday freed four trucks and their drivers from the custody of district police who had stopped the vehicles for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegally logged wood to Vietnam for a military police official.

Yeng Virak speaks Sunday at the inaugural congress of the Grassroots Democracy Party in Phnom Penh, during which he was named the party’s president. (Khem Sovannara)
Yeng Virak speaks Sunday at the inaugural congress of the Grassroots Democracy Party in Phnom Penh, during which he was named the party’s president. (Khem Sovannara)

Grassroots Democracy Party Elects Old Faces

The Grassroots Democracy Party, a brainchild of “Khmer for Khmer” advocacy group leader Kem Ley, held its inaugural congress in Phnom Penh on Sunday, electing—unopposed—Mr. Ley’s close colleague Yeng Virak as temporary leader despite vows of a new style of politics.

Two Political Monks Arrested Over Drugs

Two monks were arrested in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Saturday for possessing a small amount of crystal methamphetamine, police said Sunday, but fellow monks and pagoda residents claimed the arrests were retaliation for the two taking part in political rallies.

RCAF Officer Detained After Crash, Chase

A military officer was arrested and briefly detained in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Saturday after he drunkenly crashed his SUV into a motorbike and three food carts before leading police and angry locals on a low-speed chase through the city, officials said Sunday.

A recently cleared field inside the ELC of the Sovannaphum Viniyok Kase-Usahakam company, connected to businessman An Mady, in the Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province (Zsombor Peter/The Cambodia Daily)
A recently cleared field inside the ELC of the Sovannaphum Viniyok Kase-Usahakam company, connected to businessman An Mady, in the Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province (Zsombor Peter/The Cambodia Daily)

(Un)protected Areas

Until recently, Cambodia’s wildlife sanctuaries, conservation areas, protected forests and parks were spared the worst of the country’s rapid deforestation. Now, their forests are falling as fast as anywhere else, and the indigenous communities and endangered species that live there are going with them.

Pickled Perfection

Hwang Ji-na prepares ‘gimbap,’ a Korean sushi at the Sweet and Spicy restaurant in Phnom Penh (Nataly Lee)

The lunch rush had begun. In the kitchen, silver cafeteria trays were stacked with small dishes of homemade pickled vegetables, then sent out to a breezy dining area filled with Koreans, Western expatriates and a handful of sunburned tourists who had wandered in after visiting the nearby Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Spreading Sounds

Cambodian Music Festival founder Seak Smith, center left, waves to the crowd during the finale of last year’s show at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Cambodian Music Festival)

After growing up in South Central Los Angeles, graduating from college and starting a family, Seak Smith began seeking a better understanding of her heritage, one that extended beyond the horrors of the Pol Pot regime.

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Former Kouk Roka commune chief Phy Nop leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday after being sentenced to life in prison. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Commune Chief Gets Life for Fatal Grenade Attack

A former commune chief in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district, who confessed to ordering the assassination of a political rival, leading to a grenade attack that killed his target’s 11-year-old son, was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison.

Former Bavet City governor Chhouk Bundith, center, leaves the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh in February 2013. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Governor on Interpol List Three Years After Shooting

An international arrest warrant has finally been issued for Chhouk Bundith, the former governor of Svay Rieng province’s Bavet City who went into hiding before being found guilty of shooting three garment workers three years ago, according to the National Police.

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