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Police Pay Off Family Over Fatal Beating

The families of three police officers who allegedly beat two men in Kandal province—one of whom died of his injuries—“finished the case” by paying the victims’ family $20,000 last week, a lawyer for the officers said on Tuesday.

Soldiers Accuse a Vietnamese Instructor of Attempted Rape

Hundreds of Cambodian soldiers attending a training course in Vietnam protested in front of a school director’s office last week over an alleged rape attempt against a female fellow student. Cambodian officials said on Monday that the allegations were false and the issue had been settled.

Jailed Senator Testifies at Rainsy Facebook Post Trial

An imprisoned opposition senator testified on Friday at the trial of opposition leader Sam Rainsy and two assistants that he had not contacted Mr. Rainsy before posting a video of a false border treaty onto the exiled CNRP president’s Facebook page.

Protesters Anticipate Human Rights Day Clash

Thousands of protesters were on a collision course with authorities ahead of International Human Rights Day on Saturday, with Phnom Penh’s City Hall warning would-be marchers to celebrate their human rights at home.

Military Official, Three Others Charged Over Illegal Logging

A military official and three businessmen involved with a company in Preah Vihear province were charged on Thursday over their alleged involvement in logging illegally on the site of a world heritage-listed, 11th century temple, authorities said.

In Candidates, CPP Seeks Youth; CNRP Wants Unity

Cambodia’s two major parties geared up on Thursday to start selecting nominees for next year’s commune elections, as the National Election Committee released a schedule for submitting candidate lists ahead of the June 4 election.

Military Officer Charged Over Impersonation of Hun Manet

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged a major in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces on Tuesday with fraud, faking public documents, illegal weapons possession and improper use of military uniforms, officials said on Wednesday.

Homegrown Commune Police Officers Wanted

Commune police officers will, from now on, only be recruited from their home neighborhoods where they “know the happiness and suffering of the people,” Interior Minister Sar Kheng announced on Tuesday.

Military Police Investigate Company Over Illegal Timber

Authorities say they are investigating a firm given permission to log thousands of hectares of land belonging to the military in Preah Vihear province after a raid on Sunday uncovered illegally logged timber.

Kem Sokha Pardoned, But Next Step Unknown

The monthslong legal pursuit of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha appeared to come to an abrupt end on Friday after he was granted a royal pardon at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Adhoc President Wins Human Rights Award While in Exile

Adhoc president Thun Saray, who left the country after four officers from the human rights group were jailed in a case involving deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, was among 16 rights workers lauded Thursday by the Franco-German Council of Ministers.

Shamed Ambassador Found Guilty, Insists on Innocence

Cambodia’s disgraced former ambassador to South Korea, Suth Dina, continued to protest his innocence on Thursday while being led away from a Phnom Penh courtroom after receiving a five-year prison sentence for abusing his power and exploiting his position.

Police Offer Payout to Family After Fatal Beating

The families of three police officers who allegedly beat two men in Kandal province—with one dying from his injuries—tried and failed to pay the men’s families to drop their legal complaint against the officers this week, the men’s relatives said on Wednesday.

Seven Months on, Adhoc Officials Denied Bail

The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied bail for four officers of rights group Adhoc and an election official who have been held in jail for seven months after being charged in connection to a sex scandal targeting deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Riot Police Told by National Chief to Fear Color Revolution

Deputy National Police chief Kirth Chantharith on Tuesday closed a 45-day training course on riot control by returning to a favorite topic of the government: dire warnings that Cambodia will be swept up by a color revolution unless the country’s security forces remain vigilant.

Notorious Police Chief Loses Yet Another Top Posting

Mao Pov, who made headlines for having fired his gun into a Siem Reap City hotel ceiling during a boozy night out in 2012, lost yet another provincial police post this week, this time in Tbong Khmum province.

Appeal Denied for Adhoc Officers, Election Official

Having spent 214 days in prison, four officers for human rights group Adhoc and a senior election official had their appeal against the extension of their detention struck down on Monday.

Rainsy’s Facebook Post Trial Postponed Until Next Month

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday postponed the trial of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his two assistants—charged over a Facebook post deemed criminal—out of consideration for the death of Mr. Rainsy’s mother-in-law.

Security Guards Hold Garment Workers for Ransom

Six security guards and three garment factory workers are being questioned by police in Phnom Penh after the workers said they were held for ransom over alleged workplace drug use, police said on Thursday.

Supreme Court Hears Pleas for Release From Adhoc Officers

The alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha denied having an affair to Adhoc rights officers and said racy audio recordings, allegedly between the pair, were “not her voice,” a jailed officer testified on Wednesday during a bail hearing before the Supreme Court.