Official Malfeasance in Cambodia

Official Misconduct in Cambodia

Many headlines in the newspapers speak of the misdeeds, abuse of power, and impunity of the officials and VIPs of Cambodia. The sheer number of such headlines is astounding.  Most citizens of other countries complain of the occasional abuse by some officials, but in Cambodia it is rather routine.  This page will highlight some of the headlines about officialdom here in Cambodia with enough of the text of the article to give the context for the headline.  Of course, these headlines only "allege" wrong-doing. HA!  All headlines are from The Cambodia Daily unless otherwise noted.

12 May 2016  New   From the lowest ...

Two Police Jailed for Forging Identification Documents

Two police officers who allegedly forged the signature of Phnom Penh's Meachey district police chief on a family book were charged and sent to provisional detention yesterday...

12 May 2016  New   to the highest

Ambassador to Australia Faces Graft Claims

Cambodia's ambassador to Australia was told by the Ministry of Foreign 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.

9 May 2016

Former Free Public Hospital to Become Bank

Two years ago, Phnom Penh municipal health officials were still offering reassurances that the Chamkar Mon referral hospital, a free public women's and children's health facility that had been closed for three years, would reopen after renovations. But according to the construction company currently developing the site, the building has been sold to a private company and will instead oepn as a bank....

[Poor people don't need a hospital! Rich people need a bank! This country is falling apart under an incompetent and corrupt government. It is really painful to see.]

1 May 2016

Government Official Charged for Alleged Fishermen Extortion

A provinicial fishery adminstration officer was charged by the Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday for alleged extortion and receiving bribes amounting to $365,000 from fishermen in exchange for allowing them to fish in the protected Tonle Sap Lake....

9 April 2016

Foreign Ministry Chief Charged for Bribery

A bureau chief at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was arrested and charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court...over allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign corporations in return for processing official paperwork....

3 April 2016

Military Police Officers Arresed for Blocking Forestry Officials

Forestry Administration officials detained two military police officers and a third man...for attempting to stop them from transporting a haul of illegally logged wood to their headquarters in Kratie City...

9 March 2016

Police Official Avoids Prosecution for Rosewood Smuggling

A police official in Kompong Thom province has so far avoided prosecution in a weekend timber smuggling case involving his brother, three unidentified loggers and three carloads of rosewood logs marked with his name. The official denies involvement.... (When pursued, three cars with illegal lumber fled to the official's house and entered it after abandoning the cars on his property.)

4 March 2016

Capital Shooter Linked to RCAF

Police are searching for the owner of a Lexus SUV bearing Royal Cambodian Armed Forces licence plates who fled after firing his weapon into the air to scare a motorbike driver with whom he had gotten into a fender-bender on Monireth Boulevard on Saturday night. Local media reports suggested the owner of the vehicle was believed to be a one-star general working for the Ministry of Defence....

24 February 2016

Families File Complaint against CPP Senator

Nine families who lost their farmland to an under-construction special economic zone (SEZ) in Koh Kong province filed a complaint with the provincial government...seeking to have the land excised from the industrial park and returned to them. The families are the only holdouts among more than 100 families that were initially kicked off their land to make way for the 1,743-hectare SEZ in Kiri Sako district, which is being constructed by CPP Senator Ly Young Phat, a prominent businessman with close ties to the government.

16 February 2016

Ministry Removes Officials from Office for Skipping Work

The Ministry of the Interior has removed four Oddar Meanchey provincial officials from office, including former deputy governor of Anlong Veng district Nhem En, for failing to show up for work, according to a ministry letter received by Khmer Times....

17 April 2015  

CNRP Siem Reap Chief Under Fire Over "Irregular Spending"

A group of Siem Reap provincial CNRP officials plan to protest outside the opposition party's headquarters in Phnom request that provincial party chief Ke Sovannaroth be ousted due to alleged "irregular spending," an official said....

17 April 2015

Platoon Commander Removed for Alleged Wood Smuggling

Military officials in Banteay Meanchey province have removed a local platoon commander from his post for alleged wood smuggling after he evaded detention by fellow soldiers earlier..., but it remained unclear whether he would be fired or prosecuted.

1 March 2015

Siem Reap Police Chief Named as Conspirator in Corruption Case

Siem Reap provincial police chief Sorth Nady has been named as a conspirator in a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) that accuses the provincial force's personnel chief of soliciting bribes for promotions and embezzling money from salary books.

25 February 2015

Assembly Official Accused of Gross Misspending

The National Assembly's banking and finance commission summon Leng Peng Long, parliament's chief administrative official, for questioning over claims of nepotism and alleged spending irregularities including $25,000 spent on a flagpole....

5 February 2015

Anti-Corruption Unit Probing 49 Officials in Extortion Case

Sixteen forestry officials from three provinces were summoned to a meeting in Phnom Penh...after their names were found on a list of 49 suspected extortionists that police in Kampong Cham province seized from a truck that had been transporting illegally logged wood last week. Police believe the document is a checklist of individuals--police, military police and Forestry Administration officials--the driver of the truck would had had to pay off along his smuggling route.

9 January 2015

Police Seize Wood Destined for Brigade Commander's Office

Police in Kandal province...confiscated a haul of wood, including a few pieces of precious rosewood, that was being unlawfully transported to Phnom Penh by the military for the construction of a Brigade 90 commander's office.

3 January 2015

Police Chief, RCAF Official Arrested for Logging

A commune police chief and a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) border police commander were arrested in Ratanakkiri province...for involvement in "forestry crime," according to officials who would not go into detail about what crime the pair had committed.

11 November 2014

Spokesman Denies Nepotism in Assembly Hiring

CPP National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun said...that there will be no investigation into why the parliament's bureaucratic ranks are stacked with family members of one of its chief administrators, explaining that no law prohibits nepotism in the public sector.

18 October 2014

Anti-Corruption Unit May Monitor Gift-Giving by the Elite

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) said it may soon start to monitor the often extravagant gift-giving that goes on among the country's business and political elite at weddings, birthdays, and ceremonies.... A technical advisor at rights group Licadho said that extravagant gifts exchanged between powerful families were often used as a facade to conceal corruption.

The crooks and creeps just won't stop.... Almost every day there is at least one of these items:

14 October 2014

Journalist Investigating Illegal Logging Shot Dead

A 49-year-old journalist reportedly investigating illegal logging in Kratie province was shot dead early yesterday morning. Within hours, police arrested three men--a commune police chief, a military police officer, and a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) soldier--for the murder....

9 October 2014

    [Three headlines in one day's newspaper!]

Siem Reap Police Charged over Extortion of Fishermen

The Siem Reap Provincial Court...charged three anti-economic crime police with the misappropriation of public funds for allegedly extorting money from illegal fishermen on the Tonle Sap River in Chi Kreng District....

9 October 2014

Officials Suspect RCAF Involved in Timber Trade

The seizure of 89 pieces of luxury-grade timber stockpiled just outside the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) headquarters in Kratie Province's Chhlong District...came only after authorities were tipped off by local residents who claim the base on the Chhlong river had become a regular transit point for illegal timber....

9 October 2014

Military General Confesses to Double Murder

A two-star military general accused of murdering his wife and 6-year-old daughter confessed to the crime when questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the first time since his arrest last month...

15 September 2014

Major General Arrested over Murder of Wife, Daughter

A two-star military general wanted for the brutal murder of his wife and 6-year-old daughter was arrested in Thailand on Saturday and sent back to Phnom Penh, where he was charged with premeditated murder yesterday...

14 August 2014

Police Official Opens Fire in Road Rage Incident

An officer in the Interior Ministry's minor crimes police unit was arrested in Phnom Penh late Saturday night after he opened fire on an SUV and injured a woman during a bout of drunken road rage....

10 June 2014     [Three headlines together in one day's newspaper!]

Illegal Checkpoint Crew Freed, Vow to End Scam

Kampong Thom prosecutors yesterday released seven men who were running an illegal checkpoint racket after they signed a contract agreeing to cease operations. The seven men--four military police officers, a journalist, an NGO worker, and a district environment official--were arrest in a sting operation on their checkpoint along National Road 62....

10 June 2014

Kampong Cham Official Arrested over Drug Paraphernalia

A Kampong Cham provincial police official was arrested after authorities found drug paraphernalia in his house....Authorities investigated Mr. Seiha after seeing groups of people going in and out of his home for several months.

10 June 2014

Questions Over Police Inaction in Hit and Run

The military yesterday identified the solder who killed a man and seriously injured another in a hit and run last week, but police said they will only pursue criminal charges if the victim's family files a complaint.

22 May 2014

RCAF Plates Still Widely Used, Despite Ban

When the 2007 Traffic Law was passed, it required that the myriad private vehicles on the road bearing Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) number plates be removed and switched with civilian plates within one year. But more than six years after this deadline, the sight of luxury SUVs displaying the distinctive red-and-blue plates is as familiar as ever.... General Chao Phirun, director of the Ministry of Defense's general department of material and technical services, said RCAF number plates continue to be issued for the military officials' personal vehicles....

14 May 2014     [Three headlines together in one day's newspaper!]

Officials Accused of Embezzling Teachers' Salaries

A teachers' union has accused education officials in Oddar Meanchey province's Anlong Veng district of stealing 21 million riel, or about $5,200, that had been slated as overtime payments for primary school teachers....

14 May 2014

Rights Workers Threatened by Khun Sear Guards

Guards employed by real estate magnate Khun Sear who have allegedly been terrorizing three families at the center of a land dispute in Phnom Penh's Tuol Kok district threatened last night to kill a human rights worker, the victim and rights groups said....

14 May 2014  New

Bodyguard Unit Official Implicated in Hit-and-Run

Two young sisters were seriously injured in Preah Vihear province...when a Land Cruiser driver identified as a bodyguard unit official struck the motorcycle they were riding on, then sped away....

5 April 2014

ACU Says Police Chief Stole Money

The Anti-Corruption Unit revealed that a district police chief and his deputy in Kampot Province who were arrested...made more that $64,000 by embezzling money, taking bribes, and stealing from his subordinates. Srun Lam...deducted money from subordinates' salaries, pocketed salaries of staff who no longer worked for the police, extorted money from traffice police and rice traders, and extorted bribes from offenders in exchange for not sending their cases to court....

25 March 2014

Commune Police Chief Kills Girlfriend, Flees

A local police chief in Takeo Province allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend on Friday, then fled the scene, provincial police said yesterday.

18 February 2014

Two Officials Convicted of Defrauding Farmer

Mr. Sarath and Mr. Sophal had posed as Anti-Corruption Unit staff and falsely promised San Yen, a 35-year-old farmer from Kampot, that they could get his incarcerated cousin released from jail. After he realized he had been cheated, Mr. Yen then filed a complaint against the two men.... Mr. Sophal said he would not be appealing, but claimed he had passed the money on to "high ranking officials" in order to get Mr. Yen's cousin released, and had in turn been cheated by them.

26 August 2013

Deputy Police Chief Accused of Rare Wood Smuggling

More than two cubic meters of luxury wood was confiscated from the home of the deputy police chief of Ratanakkiri Province's Andong Meas District, police said. Lak Vanrith fled his home during the police operation and his whereabouts remain unknown.

19 July 2013

Officials Silent on Whether to Probe Prime Minister

"Officials...continued to demure over whether authorities would investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen's claim, which he has twice made in public, that he knowingly broke the law by helping opposition leader Kem Sokha escape arrest for allegedly paying a 15-year-old girl for sex in 2011.... The prime minister first made the claim last week and admitted to breaking the law by ordering police not to arrest Mr. Sokha, then defended his decision to break the law on Wednesday. Lieutenant General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said he had no authority to address the issue. 'How can the spokesman for a ministry comment on the speech of the prime minister?' the national police spokesman said." (21 June 2013)

20 June 2013

Conviction of Former Pursat Prosecutor Upheld by Court

"The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the convictions of former Pursat Provincial Court prosecutor Tob Chan Serivuth and his three bodyguards, who were found guilty of bribery, extortion, and illegal detention in 2011."

1 April 2013

Pursat Police Official Charged over Illegal Fishing

"The Pursat Provincial Court...charged Krador district's judical police bureau chief for taking bribes in order to allow illegal fishing in the Tonle Sap Lake, officials said...."

7 March 2013

Conviction of Former Pursat Prosecutor Upheld by Court

"The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the convictions of [a] former Pursat Provincial Court prosecutor and his three bodyguards, who were found guilty of bribery, extortion, and illegal detention in 2011."

6 March 2013

General Accused of Smuggling $1M in Goods

"Military police in Preah Sihanouk Province...impounded four trucks carrying retail goods worth about $1 million that a lieutenant general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces had imported from Thailand without paying tax duty.....  Lt. Gen. Meng...admitted that this was not the first time he had smuggled goods...."

11 July 2012

Land Project Sees Second Bribery Suspension

"A second police official in Ratanakkiri province has been suspended on suspicion that he demanded money from villagers so that their names could be included on a list of people eligible for land titles as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen's new titling program, police said...."

11 July 2012

Koh Kong Court Releases Hun Sen's Bodyguards

"A Koh Kong Provincial Court officials said that four members of Prime Minister Hun Sen's bodyguard unit charged with aggravated assault for an attack in a provincial hotel in April were released yesterday.... Major General Bun Sokha and three subordinates were arrested...for severely beating four men who tried to enter his hotel room, an incident that was captured on CCTV and posted online."

21 September 2012

Military Police Officer Arrested over Journalist's Murder

"A military police officer was arrested...for the murder of a journalist who was found hacked to death in the trunk of his car,...officials said. Hang Serei Odom, 42, went missing on Sunday--just days after he had a story published in the Virakchun Khmer Daily newspaper linking military police in the province to smuggling illegal timber."

14 August 2012

Major Generals' Drug, Weapons Trial Delayed

"The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday delayed the first hearing of the drug smuggling and weapons possession trial of two Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) major generals.... [They] were arrested after police stopped Maj. Gen. Virak's Mercedes Benz and found him in possession of 1 kg of methamphetamine, an AK-47 assault rifle, another gun, and the head of an ancient statue."

31 July 2012

Military Police Shoot Three Farmers over Land Concession

"Military police in Battambang province shot three villagers in the legs during a confrontation between local farmers and a private company that was granted a land concession, a police official said."

31 July 2012

New Suspect in Judge's Assault Also a Government Official

"Officials revealed that the third suspect charged in the brutal attack on a Mondolkiri Provincial Court judge is also a government official.... [The] Mondolkiri provincial coordinator for the Community Legal Education Center said that an investigation by his organization had revealed that Judge Tony was assaulted because of his work fighting illegal trading of luxury wood."

31 July 2012

Family Allegedly Threatened by Officials

"The family of a commune police officer claimed yesterday that authorities threatened to place them under watch for hosting a Human Rights Day event Saturday that was attended by people facing eviction. The claim follows similar reports of police cracking down on Human Rights Day events around Phnom Penh."

31 July 2012

Jailed Fishermen Released after Hun Sen Order

"Within days of Prime Minister Hun Sen's announced amnesty for those detained and jailed for fisheries crimes, the Ministry of Justice responded and has already freed dozens of suspects from provincial prisons across the country, judicial officials said... Independent analysts, however, said the order was unusual and showed just how much influence the government has over the justice system. They said canceling the unpopular fish crimes punishments was likely a bid to score political points in an election year."

25 July 2012

Photo Said to Show SEZ Shooter with Police

"A week and a half after a uniformed man opened fire on three female protesters at a special economic zone in Svay Rieng province, a photograph surfaced in a local newspaper...showing the alleged gunman brandishing a piston and surrounded by police and military police [protecting him, not arresting him]."

25 July 2012

Bavet Governor's Arrest Reported in Svay Rieng

"Bavet city Governor Chhuk Bundith was arrested on Friday afternoon for his alleged role in the triple shooting in Svay Rieng province, local rights group Licadho said.... Officials from Bavet and representatives of Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An--who is a ruling party lawmaker representing Svay Rieng--have visited the three victims to donate money, and to ask them to not prosecute whomever it was that shot them. The three victims, two of whom are still in the hospital, were persuaded to sign documents brought by the seven officials."

18 April 2012

Cabinet Secretary Arrested for Drunken Shooting

"A secretary in Prime Minister Hun Sen's cabinet was removed from his position yesterday after being charged with illegal weapons use for firing his gun into the air while drunk, officials said."

18 April 2012

Police Not Searching for Shooting Suspect

"Military police said they were not searching for an Interior Ministry police lieutenant who is wanted for shooting into a crowd of dancers at a New Year party in Phnom Penh's Dangkao district on Saturday night, injuring three people, including a 12-year old girl."

30 January 2012

Still No Arrests of Guards Who Shot Villagers

"Kratie Military Police said that following a five-day investigation, they were still no closer to finding the gunmen behind the well-documented shooting in Snuol District where armed TTY rubber company security guards opened fire on unarmed villagers. ...'We haven't yet found the guards at the site of incident or in Snuol District because they ran away.'"

30 January 2012

Police General Beats Bank Staffer with iPhone

"Canadia Banks's Poipet city branch and one of its employees have filed a complaint with the military police against a two-star police general, claiming the high-ranking officer attached the bank employee with an expensive mobile telephone when he refused to cash a check...."

30 January 2012

Luxury Wood Seized from Monks by Officials

"The Siem Reap Forestry Administration said it stopped a group of Buddhist monks in Siem Reap city on Friday from transporting several cubic meters of illegal timber to a wood furniture shop, adding that officials seized the haul of luxury wood but let the monks go without charge."

19 March 2012

Police Chief Who Confessed to Raping Woman Not Charged

"A commune police chief who confessed to raping a 19-year-old woman who sought shelter at his police station...remains in police custody and has yet to be charged with the crime...   'My daughter was raped by the police officer that night. She told me, so I filed a complaint to police and they called me and negotiated a $1,000 settlement to keep quiet,' said the mother, adding that the family had only decided to take the case to court when they heard that Mr. Veth was publicly boasting to friends about what he had done."

21 December 2010

Man Sues When $30,000 for a Gov't Job Doesn't Materialize

A former assistant to Interior Minister Sar Kheng faced trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court...on charges that he fraudulently accepted $30,000 to provide a prestigious government job to a low-ranking official....

The man who paid the $30,000, however, will not be charged with paying a bribe as he claims that he thought he was contributing the money to the Interior Ministry....

18 August 2009

Official's Nephew Crashes Car and Threatens Police

The nephew of a high-ranking official crashed his car in Phnom Penh...and then allegedly returned to the scene to threaten police officers..., traffic police said....

30 July 2009

Police Officer Charged with Attempted Murder

The military police officer in Banteay Meanchey province accused of shooting a 23-year-old man in the back after breaking up a gang fight has been charged with attempted murder.

29 July 2009

RCAF Trucks Seen Carrying Illegally Logged Wood

Forestry administration officials witnessed more than 60 RCAF [Royal Cambodian Armed Forces] trucks transporting illegally logged rosewood from Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces..., officials said....

28 July 2009

Officials Link District Military Police Chief to Illegal Logging

A joint team of forestry officials and military police seized seven cars in Kompong Thom province reportedly carrying stashes of illegally logged wood and have linked a district military police chief to the crime....

16 July 2009

Lighting Official Is Accused in Electricity Scam

An official in Phnom Penh's public lighting unit has been given one week to respond to allegations that he sent false electricity bills to a local company and pocketed 15 million riel, or about $3,570, in the scam....

10 July 2009

Warrant Issued for RCAF Captain after Murder

The military court in Phnom Penh has issued an arrest warrant for an RCAF captain who allegedly killed a man in his employ by setting him on Pursat province following an argument over a missing pangolin.... [Note: a pangolin is a rare species of ground mammal regularly being poached and traded illegally.]

5 May 2009

Government to Crack Down on Officials with RCAF, Police Plates

Owners of luxury cars, senior RCAF and police officials, and many ordinary businessmen were change their vehicles' license plates from military and police plates to civilian ones, officials said. ... If officials wish to use these two types of license plates, their vehicles must be registered as state property under the control of the Interior or National Defense ministries.

24 April 2009

Villagers Claim Senior Official Grabbed Land

Kachok ethnic minority villagers....have filed a complaint against a deputy provincial governor, accusing him of illegally grabbing their land, a human rights worker said....  [He] used his power to order four provincial police officers, armed with an AK-47 assault rifles and pistols, to threaten the hilltribe villagers....

22 April 2009

Ratanakkiri Villagers Accuse Officer of Shooting

A group of ethnic minority villagers...have accused a military police officer of shooting at them while trying to pass their vehicle on a road in Lumphat district....  Military police officer Meas Kosal allegedly shot an AK-47 at the tires of a mechanical tiller loaded with 22 people....

26 June 2009

Government Ministries Deny Receiving Money from Forgery Suspect

Three government ministries this week denied having received thousands of dollars in payments from a Justice Ministry official who has been arrested for allegedly forging documents to secure the release of a convicted pedophile.

20 June 2009

Officials Mum on KR Tribunal Judicial Appointments Memo

Government officials were at a loss this week to explain a 2006 memorandum appearing to show that judicial appointments at the Khmer Rouge tribunal were the decision of Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cabinet Minister Sok An.  The memo...appears to contradict claims in 2006 that the tribunal's 17 Cambodian judges and prosecutors were selected and vetted by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy.  Created to assist the King in guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary, the nine-member supreme council is legally mandated to select all judges and prosecutors, including those at the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

6 June 2009

Commune Clerk Charged with Wife's Murder

Chan Bunheng, a commune clerk in Kratie province's O'Krieng commune in Sambor district, was arrested ...for allegedly murdering his wife by beating her about the chest and head in front his home....

21 April 2009

Lawyer Faces No Jail Time for Hit-and-Run

Prominent Cambodian lawyer Nou Chantha will face no jail time for a hit-and-run incident in Phnom Penh that left one man with a broken leg and another with a gunshot wound to the stomach....

25 March 2009

Villagers Shot at by Authorities Come to Phnom Penh to Protest

On Sunday, 95 police and military police reportedly opened fire on the group of 300 farmers, who accuse authorities...of plotting to sell the land they have been farming since 1981.

19 March 2009

Banteay Meanchey Villagers Protest RCAF Claims on Land

...The dispute began in December after soldiers from the tank unit set up tents on the land, which villagers have farmed since 1994, and claimed it for the army....

13 March 2009

Heng Pov Gets 16 Years for Conspiracy to Kill

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court added another 16 years to the prison sentence of disgraced former municipal police chief Heng Pov on Thursday for being party to an unsuccessful conspiracy to kill national military police commander Sao Sokha in 2003....

24 February 2009

Senior Police Officer Held in Attempted Murder of Publisher

A senior police officer was arrested in connection with the 1998 attempted murder of the publisher of the popular Koh Santepheap—Island of Peace—newspaper....

10 February 2009  

Soldiers in B Meanchey Accused of Land-Grabbing

More than 100 people in Banteay Meanchey province's Preah Netr Preah district are accusing RCAF soldiers of shooting at them and seizing their farmland, a village representative said....

2 February 2009  

Singer's Daughter Accused in Hit and Run

The daughter of a famous singer is accused of fatally striking a motorbike passenger...with a Toyota Camry and then fleeing the scene as the victim laid on top of her car, police said....

24 December 2008

Police Probe Reported Rich Kid Gang Raid

Police said they are investigating an alleged attack by a gang of wealth young men who raided a house in Phnom Penh's Chamkar Mon district armed with assault rifles, steel pipes, and a Taser stun-gun...At about 4:30 PM Sunday, 20 young men blocked Street 113 in Boeng Kang Kong III commune with their luxury cars--two Audis, a Camry, a Lexus, and a Hummer....

4 December 2008

Ministry Looking into K Speu Graft Complaints

The Ministry of Justice is investigating several corruption complaints that have been made against officials at the Kompong Speu Provincial Court, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said....

29 August 2008

Former Police Official Handed 7 Years in Land-Grab Scheme

A senior police official who grabbed and cleared 27.1 hectares of state forest in Preah Vihear province was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court....

29 August 2008

Suit Says Officials Allowed Deforestation in Ratanakkiri

Local rights group Adhoc has filed a lawsuit at the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court accusing Lumphat district forestry officials, governors, and other local authorities of receiving kickbacks in exchange for turning a blind eye to large-scale deforestation in Batang commune.

25 August 2008  

Gov't Slams US Reporter's Car Crash Story

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith...denounced an article by a prize-winning US journalist [Joel Brinkley] regarding events surrounding a recent fatal traffic accident allegedly involving a nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen....  The article...drew a comparison between the authorities' handling of the crash, in which a man was killed, and the country's culture of impunity....  Brinkley's article referred to a local newspaper report that Hun Sen's nephew, Hun Chea, paid $4,000 compensation following the accident that resulted in the death of a man...but faces no other consequences.

29 January 2009

Son of Provincial Police Chief Escapes Charges in Accident

The son of Kampong Chhnang provincial police chief Ath Khem will not be prosecuted for fleeing the scene of a traffic accident in Pursat province that left two people dead, one of whom was a woman seven-months pregnant, police said....

27 January 2009

RCAF Chief Fired Over Land; Funcinpec Official

Prime Minister Hun Sen told the weekly Council of Ministers meeting that former RCAF Commander in Chief Ke Kim Yan was removed from his post because of his involvement in land disputes, an official who was at the meeting claimed....and because his business interests were interfering with his job as chief of the military.

7 January 2009

Son of Comic Flees After Driving Drunk; Arrested

The son of a famous comedian was arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.... He was arrested but only briefly detained before his parents came and agreed to compensate the victims of the crash.

24 February 2009

Senior Police Officer Held in Attempted Murder of Publisher

A senior police officer was arrested in connection with the 1998 attempted murder of the publisher of the popular Koh Santepheap—Island of Peace—newspaper, an official with the National Military Police said.

24 February 2009

Poipet Street Vendors Accuse Border Officials of Extortion

Forty disabled street vendors protested in front of the customs office in Poipet town, accusing Cambodian border authorities of extorting money from them, according to a vendor and a labor rights organization.

30 December 2008

Attack Victims File Complaint: Fear Police Won't Investigate

Victims of an alleged gang attack last week in Phnom Penh filed a complaint with the municipal police, accusing the sons of high-ranking officials and wealthy businessmen of having beaten them bloody in a case of mistaken identity. The complaint may be of little help, however, as the victims fear that the suspects' family connections means police will not investigate them.

13 February 2009

Police Officer Sought in Fatal Hit and Run

Police in Kampong Cham province are searching for a provincial police officer who allegedly fled the scene after hitting and killing a 16-year-old girl riding a motorcycle with his Toyota Land Cruiser, police said....

11 February 2009

RCAF Soldiers Accused of Shooting at Villagers

Three families in Preah Vihear's Choam Ksan district have filed a complaint with police claiming that four RCAF soldiers opened fire on them and other villagers with AK-47 assault rifles, police said....

11 February 2009

District Governor Admits to Slapping Man in Dispute

Russei Keo District Governor Khlalng Huot slapped a man twice outside a hotel in Tuol Kok district after a traffic accident, the governor and the man said....

19 January 2009  

Military Police Shoot Protesters, Groups Say

Military police assisting a private company to clear land farmed by about 300 families in Kandal province allegedly shot two protesting villagers..., local residents and human rights groups said....

11 January 2009  

SRP Officials Arrested in Alleged
S'ville Property-Selling Scheme

Sihanoukville police arrested two SRP commune councillors...for allegedly selling land that didn't belong to them in Prey Nop district's Bit Traing commune, officials said.

14 December 2008  

Rich Using Courts Against Villagers
in Land Disputes: Adhoc

So far this year, a total of 146 villagers nationwide have been charged with criminal offenses related to land disputes with the rich and powerful, local rights group Adhoc announced....

17 February 2008

Document Shows Disputed Land Offered to Officials

Senior officials, including party leaders, a former governor, and the prosecutor in charge of the case, were to receive portions of disputed land in Banteay Meanchey from a development organization, according to documents obtained Monday. The National Agriculture Development organization offered to split more than 50 hectares of land between at least 14 officials...according to a NADA internal document....

17 February 2008

PM Says Land-Grabbers Fired

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned he would continue fighting against corrupt military and government officials who use their positions to encroach on other people's land but stopped short of naming names....

16 February 2008

Prosecutor Accused of Bias in Land-Dispute Case

The prosecutor of the Pursat Provincial Court is allegedly involved in a land-dispute case that was mysteriously moved to his court from the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court last week....

16 February 2008

Police Official's Son Held over Alleged Attack

Police in Phnom Penh...arrested the 22-year-old son of a high-ranking police official for allegedly attacking a union leader and two garment workers and destroying their motorcycle in Dangkao District, police said....

22 December 2008

Ministry Staff Say Forced to Pay Kickbacks

Senior Ministry of Health medical staff have alleged that they were forced, and are being forced, to pay large kickbacks to senior officials in exchange for the dispersal of a long-delayed pay increase.

17 October 2008

Bar President Elected Amid Alleged Gift-Giving

Attorney Chiv Songhak was elected the new president of the Cambodian Bar Association...for the next two-year term, amid allegations that he had given out gifts to voters.

27 January 2008

Local Tycoons Hand Out Cash to the Military and City Police

Marking the Chinese New Year with flair on Monday, two local tycoons handed out individual gifts of as much as $25 in cash to members of the city's municipal and military police force, officers said.

27 January 2008

Police, Officials Burn More Than 100 Homes in Land Dispute

Police and forestry officials burned more than 100 homes in Banteay Meanchey a land dispute that has villagers and authorities accusing each other of breaking the law, villagers and officials said.

10 December 2008

Karaoke Star's Car Knocks Head Off Statue

A karaoke video star's Toyota Camry crashed into a recently erected monument to renowned Buddhist scholar Chuon Nath in a traffic circle in Phnom Penh..., breaking the head off a concrete lion and damaging a Naga statue, officials said. Military police are searching for the driver and passengers, who ditched the car and fled the scene....

8 December 2008>

SRP Urges End to Abuse of Official License Plates

Lawmakers for the opposition Sam Rainsy Party...sent a formal request to Minister of Public Works and Transportation Trem Iv Tek urging an end to the illegal use of license plates meant solely for government vehicles.

30 October 2008>

Family of 'Rich Kid' Shooter Gives Victims Cash

The family of a 25-year-old man who is wanted for killing a woman and injuring two others in an unprovoked shooting outside the Royal Palace...has paid compensation to his victims, the wanted man's lawyer said....

[Editor's Note: Meaning he is trying to buy off the family so they won't prosecute.]

10 November 2008

Principal Under Investigation over Embezzlement Allegations

A high school principal in Prey Veng province is under investigation for allegedly embezzling school funds and illegally grabbing school land to build a private residence, teachers and provincial officials said....

5 November 2008

Officer Arrested Over Car Full of Illegal Fish

Takeo province fisheries department officials arrested a military police officer and impounded a car containing 500 kg of pacu, a type of fish that is banned in Cambodia, Takeo fisheries department director Kim Sarith said....

3 November 2008

RCAF General Detained in Alleged Land Grab

...[A]n RCAF two-star general has been detained on suspicion of having forged documents to grab land in Kandal province, officials said...

26 November 2008

Village Chief Accused of Intimidation

Residents taking part in a training course to organize a local community group in Phnom Penh's threatened Boeng Kak lake area have accursed a village chief of threatening them for participating.

30 October 2008

Group Accuses RCAF Soldier,Police Major of Clearing Forest

Local rights group Adhoc filed a complaint with the Ratanakiri Provincial Court...accusing a police major and an RCAF soldier of clearing more than 300 hectares of forest in Lumphat district....

22 September 2008

Wildlife Official Denies Taking Bribes to Allow Illegal Logging

A Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary official denied allegations made by local villagers that he took bribes to allow 11 sawmills to illegally operate inside the Pursat province protected area....

8 October 2008

Police Searching for RCAF Soldier Suspected in Shooting

A lieutenant(!) is being sought in the shooting of innocent bystanders after people in three vehicles smashed into the soldier's Lexus SUV(!) in front of the royal palace at 1:00 AM in the morning. The "suspect" killed one person and injured two others, and is now on the run.

12 September 2008

Officials Questioned over Unlawful Selling of Forest

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court questioned two O'Chum district governors over allegations made by more than 30 ethnic minority villagers that the governors had conspired together to unlawfully sell 15 hectares of community forest....

11 September 2008

RCAF Major Accused of Shooting Woman in Karaoke Parlor

Kandal police have accused an RCAF major of shooting dead a 21-year-old woman during drunken gun play in a Kandal province floating restaurant on the night of Sept 4. The case against RCAF major Mean Sokchea was submitted to the Kandal Provincial Court though no charges have been brought against him. Mean Sokchea was arrested following the shooting, but he is no longer in custody...

2 September 2008

5 Police, 2 Soldiers Suspended
in Illegal Logging Investigation

The investigation...has revealed that the men were involved in logging in Andong Meas district's Nhang commune and transported the timber to Vietnam...

2 September 2008

Assets of Detained Former Police Chief Remain Frozen

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has rejected a request from children of former Phnom Penh Police Chief Heng Pov to unfreeze their father's assets so that they can have access to his money, court documents show. Heng Pov has been jailed since Dec 21, 2006 on a slew of charges including extortion and murder...

25 May 2008

Military Police Official Sought in Acid Attack

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of National Military Police Deputy Chief of Staff Chea Ratha, who is wanted in connection with a May 6 acid attack that seriously disfigured a Phnom Penh woman, police and court officials said Tuesday. Warrants have also been issued for three Phnom Penh police officers for their alleged involvement in the attack....

28 December 2005

'Sexy Singer' Banned from CTN After PM Appeal

Popular singer and racy dancer Chea Sovanna has been banned from CTN [a government television station]...following a direct appeal to station owner Kith Meng by Prime Minister Hun Sen....  Government spokesman...Khieu Kanharith said that changes dictated to CTN will be imposed on other stations as well. [Editor's Note: Who needs a legislature anyway?]

19 December 2005

Son of Deputy Chief Allegedly Kills Man in Crash

One man was killed and four seriously injured when the 25-year-old son of Takeo province's deputy police chief allegedly crashed his vehicle on two separate occasions on Saturday night, the second crash happening after the young man escaped from the scene of the first crash, police said.

20 November 2007

Government To Convert Land To State Property

The government has agreed to convert three Labor Ministry departments in Phnom Penh into state private property, which could allow for their transfer to private ownership....  [A lawmaker] said it was surprising that Prime Minister Hun Sen, who recently instructed the ministries of Health and Education to stop transferring schools and hospitals to private companies, would sign off on this subdecree. [Editor's Note: Not surprising at all!]

20 November 2007

S Reap Police Detain, Release Son of Official

Police in Siem Reap town released the son of a senior Interior Ministry official on Friday after detaining him and two others for allegedly drawing guns during an altercation, officials said.

...Ou Em said Khann Rithy [the detained son] was released by police after paying $200 to his alleged victim, who withdrew his complaint.  "It is a compromise between parties, the suspects and the victim," he said.... "Violators have always used money for compensation. Because of this, they do not fear the law."...

12 November 2007

Police Pursue M'Reah Prov Oil Thief Suspects

Police in Kampong Chhnang province confiscated about 1,000 liters of m'reah prov oil from a vehicle bearing RCAF (Royal Cambodian Armed Forces) plates....  Several pairs of license plates were found in the vehicle, all of them fake except for one set belonging to an RCAF general.

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