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Saing Soenthrith

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Court Frees Fake NGO Staff After Arrests Over Roadblock

Four men who set up an illegal roadblock in Kampot province to extort money from villagers transporting wood were released without charge on Saturday, with a court prosecutor calling their offense “very minor.”

Court Charges 2 Suspects Over Meth Bust in Poipet

A Thai national and a Cambodian man were charged with cross-border drug trafficking on Sunday after being arrested with 745.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” in a sting operation outside a casino in Poipet City, police said.

Chinese Nationals Involved in VoIP Scam Deported

Thirty-eight Chinese nationals arrested late last month for operating a long-distance extortion ring out of a casino in Poipet City were deported on Saturday, an Interior Ministry official said on Sunday.

Two Injured in Kampot Freight Train Crash

A freight train traveling from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville plowed into a cement company truck crossing the tracks in Kampot province on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the truck driver and his assistant with minor injuries, police said Thursday.

Officials’ Service Passports to Be Revoked at Borders

Government officials who travel overseas for work will have to turn over their service passports when they return to Cambodia starting this month due to misuse of the documents to overstay official trips and partake in unrelated work, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement.

Army Colonel Arrested for Shooting to Wake Wife

An intoxicated army colonel was arrested in Phnom Penh Tuesday morning after getting locked out of his house and shooting into the air to wake up his wife, police said.

Police Preparing to Search Casino Site for Chinese Fraudsters

Immigration police are preparing to search an under-construction casino in Sihanoukville for a large group of Chinese nationals believed to be operating an online extortion ring, officials said Monday.

Eight Nabbed for Armed Robbery of Wing Kiosk

Police in Kandal and Kompong Cham provinces have arrested eight people since Wednesday as suspects in the December 12 armed robbery of a Wing money transfer kiosk, one in a recent spate of similar attacks across the country.

Truck Drivers Set Up Roadblock to Protest Weight Regulations

More than 80 truck drivers used their vehicles to temporarily block a highway in Stung Treng province early Sunday morning in protest after authorities stopped them for being overloaded, officials said.

Chinese Nationals Questioned Over Scam

Thirty-eight Chinese nationals arrested during a raid on a Poipet City casino are being questioned in Phnom Penh over their connections to a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam targeting people in China, police said Thursday.

105 Chinese Arrested at Senator’s Poipet Casino

More than 100 Chinese nationals believed to be wanted for crimes in their home country were arrested on Wednesday at a CPP senator’s casino in Poipet City, which had to be shut down during the operation, police said.

CPP Senator Peng Pat Dies at 66

Peng Pat, a CPP senator and ruling party stalwart who held the rank of four-star general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Phnom Penh, according to his wife, Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An.

Villager Killed by UXO Blast on Former Military Base

A farmer was killed when he triggered an anti-personnel mine while searching for firewood on a former military base in Pursat province’s Phnom Kravanh district on Sunday, an official said.

Road Rage Shooting Lands Military Officer in Court

A military officer who fired his pistol following a minor traffic accident on Saturday night was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday for questioning, an official said, declining to name the soldier or disclose his rank.

Groom Confesses to Strangling Fiancee to Death

A man was arrested on Saturday for strangling his fiancee to death the previous night in Kratie province, a day before their wedding was set to be held, police said on Sunday.

Police Reinvestigating Case of Local Journalist Killed by Mob

Prosecutors in Kompong Speu province have ordered police to reinvestigate the demise of a newspaper reporter who was reportedly bludgeoned to death by an angry mob on Sunday, while the victim’s family and employer cast doubt on the official version of events.

Two Cambodians Arrested for Attack on Thai Officials at Market

Two Cambodian men were arrested late Wednesday for their alleged involvement in a melee at a Thai market in Sa Kaeo province earlier that day, during which hundreds of Cambodian market vendors reportedly attacked and injured officers from the Thai Department of Special Investigation and damaged cars belonging to the unit.

Chicken Thief Electrocutes Himself at Kampot Farm

A chicken thief was killed in Kampot province on Monday night after accidentally electrocuting himself while attempting to disconnect a lightbulb inside a farmer’s coop, police said on Tuesday.

Motorbike Theft Spurs Mob Killing in Kompong Speu

A mob of about 60 men pursued a motorbike thief through seven villages in remote Kompong Speu prov­ince on Sunday evening before sur­rounding him in a rice field and bludgeoning him to death with sticks, according to police, who later identified the victim as a local newspaper reporter.