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City Hall Officials Set Free After Guilty Verdict

Two City Hall officials will walk free despite being found guilty of corruption following an investigation by the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), the Phnom Penh Municipal Court ruled on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Should Be in Prison, Jailed Commentator Kim Sok Says

Jailed political commentator Kim Sok on Tuesday declared that Prime Minister Hun Sen should be in Prey Sar prison rather than himself during a hearing in which the Phnom Penh Municipal Court denied Mr. Sok’s second request for bail.

At Close of Surrogacy Trial, Australian Nurse Pleads for Mercy

The trial of an Australian woman and two Cambodians accused of illegally operating a surrogacy business in Cambodia came to an emotional close on Monday as two of the defendants begged the court to return them to their children.

Woman Charged, Man Arrested Over Facebook Posts About PM

A man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly threatening the life of Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post, while a woman was charged with incitement for linking the premier to political analyst Kem Ley’s murder on the social media platform.

Man Arrested, Another Sought in Fatal Robbery

Police arrested a 66-year-old man and were looking for his nephew on Tuesday after determining they lured a pair of motorbike dealers with a potential sale, then robbed and murdered them in Battambang province, according to police.

Verdict Date Still Unclear in 2014 Tycoon Murder

More than two months after a verdict was due in the trial of a former military general and his bodyguards accused of the 2014 murder of a wealthy businessman in Phnom Penh, a lawyer and a court spokesman said on Tuesday that there was still no timetable for a judgment.

Two Motorbike Dealers Killed During Robbery

Two motorbike dealers were killed on Monday in Battambang province in what a police chief described as “an ambush” during an apparent armed robbery.

Dissidents, Opposition Turn Out for Kem Ley’s Memorial

Tram Kak district, Takeo province - Traveling 80 km from Phnom Penh to Takeo province by motorbike in the scalding heat on Sunday, Chhit Chhaya came prepared with a hot drink suitable for the spirit of her hero—Kem Ley.

Pizzeria Manager Denies Trafficking Victim for Work, Sex

The former manager of Ga Do Italian Pizza & Wine in Phnom Penh denied during her trial on Thursday that she had forced a then-19-year-old employee to work without pay and have sex with customers and a boss.

Defendant Claims Baby Girl’s Kidnapping Was Out of Love

A woman accused of kidnapping a 6-month-old girl found in a bag near a dumpsite told the Phnom Penh Municipal Court at trial on Wednesday that she took her friend’s baby because she was “completely obsessed” with the child.

Official Guilty of Selling State Land Will Be Released Immediately

The director of the Preah Vihear provincial department of mines and energy was found guilty of selling off state land on Tuesday but will walk free today after the judge decided to suspend the remaining 16 months of his sentence—without offering an explanation.

A Year to Elections, CNRP’s Sun TV Still a Dream

It was supposed to be the opposition’s information pipeline to the heartland, an unfiltered channel—available 24/7—into the homes of rural Cambodians who still got most of their news from a television landscape dominated by the long-ruling CPP. The CNRP would call it Sun TV, a hopeful reflection of the rising sun in the party’s logo.

Witness Criticizes KNLF, Praises Hun Sen After Questioning

Two men who were briefly arrested in May during a news conference organized by the Khmer National Liberation Front—a group branded by the government as “terrorists”—were questioned as witnesses on Monday, with one claiming the event had actually been designed to “dissolve the Front.”

Migrant Workers Face Thai Military Crackdown

Thousands of Cambodians are flooding back from Thailand as its military government cracks down on migrant workers based on new foreign labor laws, escalating its enforcement from just using police officers to now enlisting the military, an official said on Sunday.

Thirty-Six Chinese Men Arrested for Violence

Police in Preah Sihanouk province on Sunday gave contrasting accounts about the arrests of 36 Chinese construction workers—and the later release of 33 of them—early on Saturday morning for alleged violence near Sihanoukville’s O’Chheuteal Beach.

Official Admits to Selling State Property, Blames Older Colleagues

The director of Preah Vihear’s provincial department of mines and energy admitted in court on Tuesday that he had sold off state land worth about $65,000, but claimed he had done it at the request of older officials and did not pocket the money himself.

Thy Sovantha Files ‘Incitement’ Complaint Against Publisher

Political activist Thy Sovantha on Monday filed a court complaint against a social media broadcaster for incitement to commit a felony over comments he made in a video streamed on Facebook, court documents show.

Plaintiff Against LDP President Submits Video Clips to Court

A Phnom Penh businessman who has sued League for Democracy Party (LDP) President Khem Veasna for public insult told a prosecutor that the politician’s statements about the Khmer race had “affected our honor,” he said on Sunday.

Cham Muslims Celebrate End of Ramadan Fasting Month

For 31-year-old Saffir Prak, one of Cambodia’s ethnic Cham Muslims, on Sunday marked the end of one month of training in patience and gratefulness.

11-Year-Old Loses Hand to UXO in Battambang

An 11-year-old boy lost a hand and took shrapnel to the face from an old rocket head he found in a field and tossed against a tree stump in Battambang province on Saturday.