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Pedophile Molodyakov Guilty in Russia

Russian serial pedophile Stanislav Molodyakov—who preyed on Cambodian street children for years before he was deported to his home country in 2012—has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for raping dozens of schoolgirls, according to Russian media.

Lawmaker, NGO Want Gov’t to Probe Dredging

As an environmental NGO held a press conference in Phnom Penh on Monday to present evidence against a company it accuses of illegally extracting sand from an estuary in Koh Kong province, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to order an investigation into the reports of unchecked dredging.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks with Chinese Ambassador Bu Jianguo on Monday during the inauguration of the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship Bridge in Kandal province's Takhmao City. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks with Chinese Ambassador Bu Jianguo on Monday during the inauguration of the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship Bridge in Kandal province's Takhmao City. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Hun Sen Moves National Election Back to July

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Monday that the next national election would be moved back to July 2018 and appeared to warn seven CNRP lawmakers charged with “leading an insurrection” last year to present themselves in court when summoned or risk being convicted in absentia.

Former monks Chea Vanda, left, and Dav Tep leave the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday after being charged with possession of drugs and fake documents, and with making death threats. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
After Charges Laid, Monks Say They Were Framed for Activism

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday laid charges against two former monks who were arrested in Pur Senchey district on Saturday for possession of drugs, fake documents and weapons, but the duo maintains that they were framed in retaliation for their political activism.

A view of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Monday (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily)
NOCC Draws Up Plan for 2023 SEA Games

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) has drawn up a master plan for the 2023 SEA Games, kick-starting official preparations to ensure that the country is ready to host the region’s most important sporting event, NOCC Secretary-General Vath Chamroeun said Monday.

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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