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‘Tears Fall Today for Victory Tomorrow’: CNRP Looks Ahead

Sam Rainsy is no longer a member of the party he co-founded, but his image— holding hands with Kem Sokha, the country’s new opposition leader—is still on CNRP signs planted across the country.

Three Kampot Police Officers Test Positive for Meth Use

Three police officers have been demoted after testing positive for methamphetamine as Kampot province began drug- testing officers on Thursday, with other provinces saying they had already started testing their police officers or have plans to do so.

Ex-Governor Who Shot, Injured 3 Workers Freed From Prison

Chhouk Bundith, the disgraced former city governor who was convicted of shooting and injuring three garment workers at a protest in 2012, was released from Prey Sar prison on Wednesday after serving an 18-month sentence, an official said.

Kem Ley Murder Trial Set to Start Next Month

The much-anticipated trial of the former soldier accused of murdering Kem Ley, a political analyst and fierce government critic, in broad daylight at a cafe in central Phnom Penh last year will begin on March 1, the presiding judge said on Tuesday.

Cambodia Against ‘Internationalization’ of Rohingya Crisis

Prime Minister Hun Sen emerged from a meeting with visiting Burmese President Htin Kyaw on Saturday declaring he did not support the “internationalization” of Burma’s escalating Rohingya crisis, going against mounting global fears of an impending genocide.

Drug User Arrests Skyrocket in First Month of Crackdown

In the first month of a six-month anti-drug crackdown, authorities have arrested nearly a quarter of the total number of people who were arrested for drug-related offenses in all of last year, according to government figures.

New Siem Reap Airport Construction Ordered, But Details Sparse

The government agency that oversees the country’s airports is set to create a committee to assess the redevelopment of Siem Reap’s international airport, signaling the potential end of Cambodia Airports’ current monopoly.

After Activists Flee Country, Mother Nature Appeal Moves Forward

A prosecutor at the Court of Appeal argued on Tuesday that three activists with the environmental NGO Mother Nature who fled Cambodia last week should be forced to serve their suspended eight-month sentences.

Council Starts Rejecting CNRP Voter Complaints

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia on Monday rejected the CNRP’s complaints against the first 76 of 2,441 people the opposition party says were unlawfully registered to vote last year, arguing, like the National Election Committee, that the opposition party lacked evidence to back up its claims.

Constitutional Council to Hear Voter Registration Complaints

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia will today start hearing claims from the opposition CNRP that more than 2,400 non-citizens were recently added to the country’s voter rolls, days after the government’s National Election Committee threw out the same complaints.

Dozens of Families in the Dark As Construction on Road Begins

Construction of a 5 km-long road that will cut through several communes in Phnom Penh’s Russei Keo district has begun without the hundreds of families that face losing their land being notified by officials.

Third Elite’s Bodyguard Promoted After Attack on Lawmaker

Another of Hun Sen’s bodyguards convicted of savagely beating opposition lawmakers outside the National Assembly in 2015 has been promoted, according to a royal decree.

Don’t Follow Philippines’ Path on Crime: Minister

Three weeks into the government’s six-month crackdown on drugs, Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday told police in Phnom Penh not to let crime get so bad that authorities have to take extreme measures, as Cambodia would not employ the bloody methods of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.

‘Reform or Die,’ Governor Tells City Officials

Phnom Penh officials should continue “deep reform” or the ruling party will lose support in upcoming elections, the city’s governor said on Tuesday at an annual City Hall meeting that critics said should not have been politicized.

Nigerian Arrested While Trafficking $1.4M of Cambodia-Bound Meth

A textile dealer from Nigeria was arrested at an airport in the west African country with 4.4 kg of methamphetamine destined for Cambodia, according to Nigerian news outlets.

Public Hearings Into Suspect Voters Are Cut Short

The election commission on Thursday said it would cut back on its public hearings into complaints as they were too time-consuming, and declined thorough investigations into potentially false citizenship documents because such probes were difficult and outside its mandate.

Kampot Police Official Arrested for Methamphetamine Trafficking

Police in Kampot province put one of their own teaching officers under surveillance for drug trafficking and found crystal methamphetamine during a raid on the 45-year-old deputy chief’s house, an official said.

Hundreds Called In to Defend Voting Rights

Hundreds of registered voters are being called in to a tribunal set up at the Interior Ministry compound in Phnom Penh this week to face questioning about whether they are Cambodian enough to participate in upcoming elections.

Official’s Son Jailed for Abetting Drug Use in Karaoke Parlor

The Battambang Provincial Court on Thursday charged the son of a government official with abetting illegal drug use after he and five others were arrested at a karaoke parlor where police found illicit drugs, officials said.

Secretary of State’s Son Arrested in Drug Raid on KTV Parlor

The son of a government official and five others are to be questioned in court again today after being arrested at a Battambang City karaoke parlor where police found illegal drugs and pill-making equipment, officials said on Wednesday.

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