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Hun Sen Doubts Veracity of HIV Outbreak

As police on Thursday searched the home of the unlicensed doctor suspected of spreading HIV to more than 100 people here, Prime Minister Hun Sen, speaking in Phnom Penh, said he had serious doubts about the accuracy of the equipment used in multiple rounds of testing.

Local Doctor Questioned as 16 More Test Positive for HIV in Battambang

As at least 16 more villagers in Battambang province's Roka commune tested positive for HIV Wednesday—bringing the total number of positive tests over the past week above 100—provincial police began questioning the unlicensed doctor whom villagers suspect of spreading the virus.

Family of Boy Beaten to Death Saw Abuse Signs

Six-year-old Sarey Virak Bot, who died of internal injuries Saturday caused by a series of severe beatings, had returned home with bruises after visiting his stepmother in the past, his family said Tuesday.

Interpol Joins Hunt for General Wanted Over Tycoon’s Murder

Interior Ministry officials said Tuesday that Thong Sarath, a senior military officer wanted for coordinating the murder of a prominent businessman in Phnom Penh last month, has likely fled the country, leading police to call on Interpol to help track him down.

Tycoon Gunned Down In Phnom Penh

A prominent Phnom Penh businessman died after being shot six times by an unidentified gunman outside a fruit shop in Chamkar Mon district on Saturday, according to military police, who believe the murder was an assassination.

Construction Workers’ Lives Hang in the Balance

The government has not been able to keep pace with Cambodia's construction boom to ensure the safety of the sector’s workforce, which labor experts estimate at 175,000 to 200,000, many of whom are unskilled and paid by the day.

Members of Cobra-Attack Family in Hiding

After her husband and daughter were arrested and jailed in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, the matriarch of a family locked in a land dispute with developer Khun Sear and his eponymous import-export firm was in hiding with her 18-year-old son Wednesday—fearing she’d be next.

Despite Identification of Driver In Hit-and-Run, Still No Arrests

A month and a half after Irishman Tomas Beecher was hit and killed by an SUV in Phnom Penh, the investigating judge in the case said this week he does not have enough evidence to issue an arrest warrant for the suspected driver, the 20-year-old daughter of a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces major.

Family Searches for Motives in Grenade Attack

Only trusted friends are allowed to visit the bedside of 56-year-old real estate broker Sorn Sin at Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh, where he is recovering from injuries he suffered in a grenade attack on his family in Sen Sok district last week.

Police Passive in Search for Hit-and-Run Driver

Three days after Irishman Tomas Beecher was hit and killed by a Range Rover late last month while walking his bicycle across Monivong Boulevard in Phnom Penh, police vowed to arrest the driver. But more than 10 days later, the court has yet to issue an arrest warrant for the young woman believed to have been behind the wheel.

Police Silent on Owner of SUV That Killed Irishman

Police on Monday refused to identify the owner of a white Range Rover whose driver hit and killed an Irish national in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Ministry Powerless to Reform Orphanages

On paper, the government is committed to monitoring the ever-expanding number of orphanages in the country, and even to reducing the number of children in institutional care. But in practice, it lacks the power and resources to implement meaningful change, and other ministries are doing little to help their cause.

Volunteer at Anti-Sex Trafficking NGO on Trial for Rape

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday heard the case of a Cambodian volunteer for a Christian anti-sex trafficking NGO who is charged with raping four boys who were under his care.

Mother Tells of Murdered Woman’s Oppressive Marriage

Before she was brutally murdered in February, Va Dary felt like a prisoner in her own home —a two-story gated residence given to her by the two-star military general charged on Sunday with killing her and their 6-year-old daughter, her mother said Monday.

For Mentally Ill Man, Justice Served Without Mercy

Han Visot thought the overhead lights in his hospital room were X-ray machines. He was sure the FBI was monitoring his movements and had bugged the room, which he called “the container.” He used a chair to barricade the door.

Minister Says Kidney Program is Not Secret

Defense Minister Tea Banh on Wednesday denied that a kidney transplant training program at the Preah Ket Mealea military hospital is a secret, though he refused to provide details of the program, which police suspected earlier this week of being at the center of an organ trafficking ring.

Confusion Surrounds Ministry’s Kidney Program

The Ministry of Defense’s account that an alleged kidney trafficking ring at its Preah Ket Mealea military hospital was in fact a fully legal training program in partnership with China’s Defense Ministry was met with questions and confusion Tuesday.

Police Say Mistake Made, Kidney Transplants Legal

After a two-month investigation, police were confident enough to arrest and interrogate nine people on Saturday over an alleged kidney trafficking ring at the state-run Preah Ket Mealea military hospital, including its director Ly Sovann, a lieutenant general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

Jailing of US Citizen Arbitrary And Unfair, Legal Experts Say

The recent jailing of a Cambodian-American man for publicly displaying a banner claiming that he was the new leader of Cambodia following what he erroneously proclaimed was the death of Prime Minister Hun Sen was “arbitrary” and unfair, legal experts said Sunday.

Man Jailed for Claiming to Be the New Leader

Just one day after being arrested, a Cambodian-American man was on Thursday sentenced to two years imprisonment for publicly displaying a banner declaring himself the new leader of Cambodia following the death Prime Minister Hun Sen.