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Amid Sokha Probe, Maimed Starlet Speaks Out

Authorities' zeal to investigate opposition leader Kem Sokha's alleged infidelities has not escaped the notice of Tat Marina, who was the 15-year-old mistress of a CPP official in 1999 when she was the victim of a brutal acid attack.

UN, Adhoc Staff Summoned in Mistress Case

Five human rights workers, a U.N. official and an election organizer were on Monday summoned by Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng for questioning about claims that deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha had an extramarital relationship.

Sokha Sued in Mistress Case as CNRP Official Arrested

After last week abandoning her denials of an affair with deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha but still facing attempts by anti-terrorism police to charge her with prostitution, Khom Chandaraty on Friday sued Mr. Sokha for $300,000 over the alleged sex scandal.

Singing Monk Sacked Amid Increase in Serious Crimes

Kompong Speu provincial chief monk Dou Vandoeun outlasted sex abuse scandals and murder among his clergy, only to be arrested for his Khmer New Year singing and dancing routine.

Wanted Monk Says Sweden Granted Him Asylum

Soeung Hai, a dissident former monk wanted for arrest by the government, said on Tuesday that he had been living in Sweden since February after the U.N.’s refugee agency helped him secure political asylum there.

Hun Manet, ‘Son of Communism,’ Distances Himself From Father

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son Hun Manet has long been touted as his father’s chosen successor, an impression only strengthened by the searing “Never Manet” campaign launched by Cambodian-American opponents during his current trip to the U.S.

In Risque Music, Meaning Left Up to Listener

A new generation of Cambodian songwriters are using clever wordplay and double-meanings to skirt their conservative critics.

Case Opened Into Claims of Assault by Manet’s Guard

Police in Long Beach, California, said on Saturday that they had opened an investigation into the alleged assault of an American man by a bodyguard of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son Hun Manet.

With Jailing, Flagrant Abuse of Constitution

The jailing of opposition lawmaker Um Sam An signals the government’s sweeping reinterpretation of a key article in the Constitution.

US Man Tells Of Assault by Hun Manet’s Bodyguards

The American man who claims to have been assaulted in California last weekend by a bodyguard of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, Hun Manet, as he tried to serve a court subpoena said on Thursday he was considering pressing charges.

Meth Case Spotlights Mounting Monk Crime

Cambodia’s Buddhist order has been rocked by scandal after scandal over the past decade, but its leadership continues to characterize the crimes as isolated cases.

Once Again, Rainsy ‘Pokes The Waist’ of Government on Border

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy posted an update to his Facebook page on Tuesday accusing the government of ceding sovereign Cambodian territory to Vietnam, ignoring threats from Prime Minister Hun Sen to avoid the issue.

Lawyer Says Hun Manet Subpoenaed in US

The lawyer spearheading a case to have Hun Manet and the Cambodian government tried in the U.S. for wrongful imprisonment said on Tuesday that a subpoena had been officially served.

In Blow for Immunity, Lawmaker Arrested

Demolishing the constitutional protection forbidding the arrest of lawmakers without National Assembly consent, police apprehended opposition lawmaker Um Sam An early Monday morning in Siem Reap City over his advocacy against Vietnamese border intrusions.

Hun Manet Sued in US For Torture, Terrorism

Imprisoned CNRP official Meach Sovannara has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court against Hun Manet and the Cambodian government, accusing them of “terrorism” and “torture through arbitrary, extra-legal, and long-term detention.”

Opposition Lawmaker Um Sam An Arrested

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An was arrested at about midnight on Sunday in Siem Reap province for a crime related to his advocacy against Vietnamese border encroachments last year, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Monday morning.

One Woman’s Fight to Bring Commas to Khmer

If Theary Seng had her way, hundreds of years of writing the Khmer language would be turned on its head, with spaces introduced between words and the Western comma utilized liberally for intelligibility.

Ministry Cancels Visa for Deported Spanish Activist

The online “e-visa” granted last week to deported environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson has been canceled, according to a letter obtained Saturday, with the Foreign Ministry citing a “technical error” in issuing it despite the activist’s presence on a blacklist.

Manet Bodyguard Accused of Assault in US

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son Hun Manet’s Khmer New Year trip to the U.S. got off to a rough start over the weekend, with his bodyguards and Cambodian-American protesters allegedly getting into a shoving match that had to be stopped by local police.

With Voter Reform Delayed, Opposition Caught in a Bind

The opposition CNRP has found itself hamstrung by creeping delays in the implementation of electoral reforms it has pinned its hopes on for the 2017 and 2018 elections.