Court frees villagers arrested over violent clash in Kratie

Source : Khmer Times

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Villagers confront armed authorities before the clash broke out last week.

Kratie Provincial Court yesterday released eight villagers arrested in the wake of a violent clash with authorities last week in Snuol district, where villagers battled mixed forces that accompanied Memot Rubber Plantation Company officials attempting to dismantle huts built on company land.

In the aftermath of the altercation, conflicting reports emerged of villagers killed and injured when soldiers opened fire during the standoff. The reports of deaths have since been denied by authorities.

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Workers ask for release of unionists

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

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Around 70 workers stand outside the offices of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet in Phnom Penh demanding the release of four jailed unionists.

Around 70 workers from the Cosmo Textile garment factory yesterday submitted a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet asking for the release of four unionists arrested from their factory for allegedly conducting an illegal protest.

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Union reps charged for ‘organizing illegal strike’

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

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Workers stand in front of their union office yesterday after writing a letter to the Ministry of Labour demanding to help release their union leaders.

Four union leaders from the Workers Friendship Union Federation (WFUF) who were arrested on Monday were charged and sent to prison yesterday for allegedly organising an illegal strike in Kandal province.

Two of the unionists at Cosmo Textile Co, Ltd, on National Road 4 in Ang Snuol district, were dismissed last Thursday after allegedly failing to stamp their attendance cards five days in a row, and went on strike inside the factory the following day. The factory alleges they did not work on those days, while workers disagree. On Saturday, they forced open the gate of the factory when their entry was blocked.

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Officer gets one year suspended sentence

Source: Khmer Times

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District police officer Chorn Virak was found guilty of unintentional murder.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday handed a Por Senchey district police officer a one-year suspended prison sentence over the accidental death of a bystander who was shot when forces cracked down on a cockfighting ring last month.

Presiding judge Ros Piseth announced the verdict after the trial, sentencing Chorn Virak to one year in jail for unintentional murder, with the entire sentence suspended.

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Man arrested on wedding day for criticising government on Facebook

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

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San Rotha, 29, is seen in a video posted to Facebook in which he calls the government ‘authoritarian’. He was arrested over the video on Thursday in Kampong Cham.

A 29-year-old man from Kampong Cham was interrogated yesterday following his arrest last week – on his wedding day – for calling the Cambodian government “authoritarian” in a video clip posted to Facebook.

The arrest is just the latest involving online dissent, with human rights groups saying free speech is now “under daily threat” by Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

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Man arrested in maids scandal

Source: Khmer Times

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The suspect is accused of trafficking women to Saudi Arabia since 2004.

Anti-human trafficking police have arrested the nephew of a former government official sacked from his position after being linked to the trafficking of labourers to work as maids in Saudi Arabia.

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Bad cheques tycoon jailed for two years

Source: Khmer Times

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The cheques bounced when taken to the bank.

A 54-year-old property tycoon was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison for issuing $160,000 in bad cheques to another property tycoon in 2016.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Leang Samnath identified the convict as Ngin Mono, president of the construction firm Mono Ratanak Co, Ltd, and a former two-star general at the Ministry of National Defence. He was convicted of issuing a fake cheque.

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