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Anti-Graft Agency Seeks Evidence of Court Bribery

The head of the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit said Monday that it would investigate whether the former director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, who was abruptly removed from his position last week, took bribes in relation to a high-profile murder case.

Prime Minister to Seek Pardons for New Mothers, Pregnant Inmates

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered the ministries of interior, justice and women’s affairs to prepare the relevant documents to release from prison 40 incarcerated women—who are either pregnant or recently gave birth in prison—once they have served two-thirds of their sentences.

Opposition Leader Courts Muslim Vote in New Eastern Province

Drawing on the majority-Muslim nations of Indonesia and Malaysia as examples for Cambodia to emulate for better government, opposition leader Sam Rainsy led a group of lawmakers stumping for votes in Cham Muslim villages in Tbong Khmum province on Saturday.

Funcinpec Factions War Over Who Can Issue Official Letters

A petty power struggle over who is authorized to issue official Funcinpec letters broke out over the weekend amid the party’s efforts to integrate two formerly warring internal factions after Prince Norodom Ranariddh returned as its leader last month.

Gov’t Forms Body to Monitor Kazantip Organizers

Provincial authorities in Sihanoukville are closely monitoring the movements of the Ka­zantip festival’s organizers to ensure that no replica parties are in the pipeline after the cancellation of the famously debauched rave earlier this week.

Reality Dawns as Sun Sets on Kazantip

Plans to bring the raucous 10-day rave Kazantip to Cambodian shores were in tatters Wednesday as hundreds of Russian revelers showed up at the bridge leading to Koh Puos island to find the way blocked by a 2-meter-high metal barricade.

Phnom Penh’s Top Judge Ousted Amid Graft Claims

Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei was removed from his position on Tuesday pending an investigation into rampant corruption at the court since he became its chief judge less than a year ago.

Prime Minister Denies CPP ‘Bought’ Defecting Lawmaker

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday denied that the CPP “bought” a CNRP lawmaker who defected to the ruling party last week, saying he in fact counseled the turncoat to stay in the opposition and work with him from there.

PM Says Meeting Rice Export Goal Will Be ‘Difficult’

Prime Minister Hun Sen conceded on Tuesday that Cambodia will struggle to meet the government’s target of exporting 1 million tons of milled rice this year due to a lack of domestic processing and a shortage of foreign markets.

Phnom Penh Port Cargo Up More Than 20 Percent

The Phnom Penh Autonomous Port saw a 21 percent increase in shipping in 2014, according to the government’s latest figures on the number of standard containers that passed through the Transport Ministry-run facility.

Koh Kong Families Ask Court to Stop Evictions

Representatives of 47 families in Koh Kong province that were recently ordered by the provincial court to immediately cede their homes to a Chinese company that claims the area for itself have filed their own complaint with the court asking that the eviction notice be canceled.

Construction of Aviation Training Center Begins

More than a year after it was scheduled to commence, construction of a South Korean-funded commercial-aviation training center at Phnom Penh International Airport finally began Friday.

With Activist in Limbo, Students Hope Tourists Can Stop Dam

University students opposed to a proposed hydropower dam in Koh Kong province entered the project’s construction site on Sunday for a 10-day study aiming to highlight the area’s potential for ecotourism.

Insurance Revenue Up 26.7 Percent Last Year

Revenue in the country’s insurance sector increased 26.7 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, generating $53 million in total income, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Insurance Association of Cambodia.

Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy Developing New Rent Control Law

Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy said on Tuesday that they are working together to create a new law that will limit the ability of landlords to increase rental fees from one contract period to the next.

Garment Export Growth Slows Markedly in 2014

Cambodia’s garment exports rose some 4 percent year-on-year in 2014 to $5.75 billion, far less than the 20 percent jump in garment exports the previous year, but defying the most pessimistic predictions that exports might actually shrink.

Interior Ministry Operation to Target Unlicensed Lenders

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Monday said plans are under way for a nationwide probe into unregistered money lenders after an investigation in Battambang province found that low-income borrowers there owed more than $280 million in loans with interest rates of up to 30 percent.

Interior Minister Investigating Legality of ‘Khmer for Khmer’ Plans

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Monday that his ministry is looking into whether political commentator Kem Ley’s plan to establish hundreds of small political parties before the 2017 commune council elections is legal.

Defense Ministry Official Asks For Military-Plate Tax Exemption

A Defense Ministry official has requested that vehicles bearing Royal Cambodian Armed Forces license plates be exempt from paying the country’s road tax, noting that a recent increase in inspections by tax officials could hurt “military officers’ feelings.”

NGOs Condemn Chinese Firm’s Alleged Abuses

In a joint statement Friday, a group of local NGOs denounced the “serious human rights abuses” of a Chinese company accused of illegally evicting families in Koh Kong province and called on the government to ensure that the firm honor its obligations to the state.