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Officer Convicted of Fraud Still Employed at Defense University

A military officer convicted of fraud and sentenced to one year in prison in October is still em­ployed by the National Defense Uni­versity (NDU), the school con­firmed this week, despite the fact that the officer’s co-conspirator is now behind bars.

Years After Theft, Relics Returned to Odong

Almost three years after they were quietly stolen from a stupa here under the cover of darkness, Cambodia’s prized relics of the Buddha were returned Friday under markedly different circumstances.

Dearth of Forensics Makes Justice Evasive

Fifteen years after a conference called for the introduction of forensic medicine, Cambodia still lacks the basic tools of the trade.

Analyst Ou Virak Questioned Over Defamation Complaint

Political analyst Ou Virak was questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday over a defamation suit filed against him last month by the CPP, which claims he affected the “dignity” of the ruling party in comments he made in a radio interview.

Fraudster Says He’s ‘Mate’ of Justice Minister

A grifter who had shares in a shadowy offshore company alongside Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said on Thursday that the two were “mates,” even as a Justice Ministry spokesman claimed there was no connection between them.

Ambassador to Australia Faces Graft Claims

Cambodia’s ambassador to Australia was told by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to respond to allegations that he and his staff have been illegally selling large quantities of tax-exempt alcohol and tobacco to a store in Melbourne.

Panama Papers Link Justice Minister to Fraudsters

Two convicted Cambodian-American fraudsters were named among five shareholders, including Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana, in a shadowy offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands in the latest trove of “Panama Papers,” which were released on Tuesday.

The Cycle of Rice: Waiting for Rain

The worst drought in decades is choking the country, and single-crop rice farmers are hurting the most. This is the ninth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s rice cycle, to be published monthly.

NGO, Police Search for Missing Homeless Girl

Authorities are looking for a 7-year-old homeless girl who disappeared from Phnom Penh’s riverside on Friday morning, according to an NGO involved in the search.

Hun Sen Says Peace Trumps Free Expression

A day after the ruling party filed a defamation complaint against one of the country’s most prominent political commentators, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday defended limitations on freedom of speech as being necessary for peace and stability.

CPP Files Defamation Suit Against Analyst

The CPP on Monday filed a defamation complaint against one of the country’s most prominent political analysts for suggesting that the ruling party was using an increasingly litigious sex scandal involving CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha as a means to damage the political opposition.

‘I Am Chut Wutty’ Film Ban Applies to All Public Shows

After plans to screen a documentary about slain environmental activist Chut Wutty at Phnom Penh’s Meta House were canceled at the behest of the Ministry of Culture last week, a ministry official said over the weekend that the film could not be publicly screened anywhere in the country.

Cambodia Fares Better for Freedom of Press

Journalists in Cambodia are more free to do their job than they were last year, according to Reporters Without Borders’ 2016 World Press Freedom Index, but those who cover illegal logging and human trafficking in the fishing industry still face a high level of risk.

In Mistress Case, ‘Strange’ Use of Police Unit

As a case against deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha and his alleged mistress gains momentum, it remains unclear why anti-terrorism police have played a leading role in investigations.

Government, Meta House Differ on Rules in Wake of Ban

The proprietor of a Phnom Penh cultural center who was ordered by the government to cancel the screening of a documentary about slain environmental activist Chut Wutty said on Tuesday he was perplexed by the order because the film had already been shown at the center without incident.

Government Nixes Chut Wutty Film Screening

Plans to screen a documentary in Phnom Penh this week about the final months of slain environmental activist Chut Wutty’s life have been called off at the behest of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, according to the film’s director.

Phnom Penh Rings in the New Year, Quietly

Those who chose to stay in Phnom Penh for Khmer New Year while tens of thousands flooded to the provinces found themselves in an uncharacteristically quiet city on Wednesday.

The Cycle of Rice: Trial & Error

In testing fields on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, researchers are trying to cultivate rice that can handle the heat. This is the eighth in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Probe Into Justice Minister Possible, ACU Chief Says

The Anti-Corruption Unit has not yet opened an investigation into Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana’s secretive offshore holdings, but the unit’s chairman said on Thursday that a future probe could not be ruled out.

Justice Minister Denies Shares in Shadowy Offshore Firm

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana had a stake in a shadowy offshore company in the British Virgin Islands, according to data made public on Sunday in what is being called the largest leak of secret documents in history.