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Ministry Working on Revision of US Repatriation Agreement

In an effort to keep Cambodians threatened with deportation in the U.S. with their families, the Foreign Affairs Ministry plans to offer the U.S. a revised version of the countries’ repatriation agreement, an official said on Tuesday.

Laotian Soldiers Are Digging Trenches in Cambodia, Official Says

Laotian soldiers have begun digging trenches in Cambodia to ensure that construction of a disputed road cannot restart, while authorities from both countries have continued to lock horns over the dispute, an official said on Monday.

Defense Minister Calls for Additional ‘Win-Win’ Memorials

Presiding over a meeting about a massive memorial to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s “win-win policy,” which is about half finished on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula, Defense Minister Tea Banh called on his commanders to build similar—if smaller—memorials in other provinces.

Four Senior Adhoc Officials Are Denied Bail for Fourth Time

Four senior officials for rights group Adhoc were denied bail for the fourth time by the Court of Appeal on Thursday, extending their detention in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison while awaiting trial to nearly 10 months.

Police Hail First Arrest in Unregistered SIM Card Crackdown

National Police, citing the arrest of a man for selling unregistered SIM cards, urged members of the public to report vendors that are selling mobile phone smart cards without checking customers’ IDs as required by the government.

Kim Sok Retains Lawyer, Makes Plans for Appeal and Bail

Jailed political commentator Kim Sok has retained an attorney with a history of representing opposition politicians—almost always in losing cases—and plans to request release on bail today, the lawyer said.

Government Officials Downplay Border Military Dispute With Laos

Authorities downplayed a dispute with Laos on Monday following a buildup of military forces on both sides of the border in reaction to hundreds of Laotian soldiers entering Cambodian territory to prevent military engineers from constructing a road.

Forces Build Up on Laos Border Over Construction Dispute

More than 400 Laotian soldiers have crossed into Cambodian territory to block military engineers from constructing a road, sparking an armed buildup in the border area over the past two weeks, Cambodian officials said on Sunday.

NGOs Scramble to Care for Children as Orphanages Close

More than a year after the government said it would crack down on Cambodia’s sprawling and disorganized orphanage system, 56 shelters have been closed by the Social Affairs Ministry, putting pressure on NGOs to house hundreds of children.

Former Court Director Freed, Prospects Faded

A former court director convicted of giving his son an impounded SUV was set free on Thursday after serving one-and-a-half years in prison and will be barred from working as a prosecutor, judge or state employee again, officials said.

Jailed Former Municipal Court Director Set to Be Released

Disgraced former Phnom Penh Municipal Court director Ang Mealaktei will walk free from Kandal Provincial Prison today after serving one-and-a-half years for unlawful exploitation, provincial prosecutor Lim Sokuntha said on Wednesday.

Stay Out of Cambodian Affairs, UN Told—Again

The Foreign Affairs Ministry picked up where it left off in its strained relations with the U.N.’s human rights office on Tuesday, again telling the office’s country representative not to interfere in Cambodia’s affairs.

Hun Sen Slaps Analyst With $500K Lawsuit

Political commentator Kim Sok’s worldly possessions—two iPhones, an iPad and $200 in savings—may soon become Prime Minister Hun Sen’s property after the premier filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the commentator for allegedly claiming that the CPP killed Kem Ley.

Prime Minister to File Lawsuit Against Commentator Over Kem Ley Accusation

Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to file a complaint today against social and political commentator Kim Sok for allegedly claiming the ruling party ordered the July killing of analyst Kem Ley, Mr. Hun Sen’s attorney said on Sunday.

Parliament Issues Unconstitutional Order on Questioning

Violating the Constitution while following through on a threat from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the National Assembly’s CPP-staffed secretariat on Thursday issued an order saying that ministers would not appear before lawmakers unless the CNRP stopped boycotting parliamentary sessions.

No Charges For Official Who Killed Two With SUV

A top government official involved in a car crash that killed a husband and wife will not face charges after the Kandal Provincial Court decided to drop the case, even though the key eyewitness claims he did not even see the accident happen.

CNRP Official in Poipet Assault Case Quits, Denies Defection

A CNRP official in Banteay Meanchey province dubiously accused of hitting a border officer with his SUV confirmed his resignation from the opposition party on Sunday, but denied media reports that he was planning to join the ruling CPP.

Hun Sen’s Lawyer Gives CD to Court

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s lawyer appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday to submit evidence in a defamation case against opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who claimed that a young political provocateur had been offered $1 million to agitate against the opposition.

Denied Bail Once More, Activist Tep Vanny a ‘Political Slave’

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a bail request from prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny, as well as the appeals of five opposition CNRP officials, all of them among the 26 people rights group Licadho has identified as political prisoners.

Laos to Lend a Hand in Drugs Crackdown, Government Ministers Say

Three weeks after the Cambodian government launched a six-month crackdown on drug abuse and trafficking, the foreign minister of Laos on Tuesday pledged to assist by better policing a border that is a major entry point for drugs into Cambodia.