A ‘resolution’ to release

The commune chief imprisoned six months ago in connection with deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha’s alleged “prostitution” case was pardoned of his crime yesterday, with Interior Minister Sar Kheng saying the five others in jail over the case will be freed this month.


Prime Minister sends park packing

Freedom Park, the 1-hectare public square in the centre of Phnom Penh that the government in November 2010 designated as the city’s sole authorised zone for protests, is set to be moved next to a petrol warehouse along National Road 5, officials said yesterday.


Teams conflict on Case 004/01

In a split with their international counterparts, the Cambodian half of the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s prosecution team yesterday announced they believe former high-ranking cadre Im Chaem should not be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, illustrating a long-standing division in the court’s approach to further cases.


Appeal Court unmoved by claims of victimhood

Phnom Penh’s Appeal Court yesterday upheld hefty sentences for three foreigners convicted of smuggling heroin, among them Australian woman Yoshe Taylor, who claims to be a victim of an elaborate love plot and drug scam.


Industrial rail project gathers steam with government push

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol has vowed to reinvigorate a long-dormant project to connect the Kingdom’s sole operating railway line to the capital’s biggest industrial park – a move that would boost rail traffic ahead of the completion of a rail link to northwestern Cambodia and Thailand.


Coca-Cola Cambodia celebrates development milestone with inauguration of new bottling plant

Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd., a bottling unit of The Coca‑Cola Company, officially inaugurated a bottling facility in Phnom Penh yesterday as part of its previously announced US$100 million investment in Cambodia from 2015 to 2018. The event was presided by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen and attended by approximately 900 guests consisting of local authorities, key partners, customers and employees.


Wild boar gores K Kong pineapple farmer in legs

A pineapple farmer is licking his wounds after coming off worse in a tussle with a wild boar in Koh Kong in the early hours of yesterday morning.


Central bank orders lenders to step up lending in riel

Cambodian microfinance institutions have said they would comply with a new regulation issued by the central bank that requires them to hold at least 10 percent of their loan portfolio in the Kingdom’s national currency.


KNLF ‘plotters’ sentenced

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced Sam Serey, the Denmark-based leader of the anti-government Khmer National Liberation Front, and 10 other accused members of his group to between five and nine years in jail for “plotting” to commit an attack.


Sathapana executive off to build new microfinance institution

Prominent banker Bun Mony has resigned from his position as CEO of Sathapana Bank Plc after more than 20 years at the helm of the financial institution in which it grew from a small rural NGO into the country’s third-largest microfinance institution (MFI), and recently transitioned into a full-service commercial bank.


Boy arrested with phony drugs now awaits fate

A 14-year-old boy in jail since August is set to spend at least another three weeks there despite prosecutors admitting in court yesterday that a substance found on him during his arrest was not methamphetamine as believed.


Hot pot chain cooks up plan for local market

Mongolian hot pot restaurant chain Little Sheep will launch soon in Cambodia following an agreement between the chain’s parent company, Yum Brands, and local investment company HGB Group, according to local media. Five Little Sheep locations are set to open in Phnom Penh over the next three years after HGB’s subsidiary, HGB Food Industry, signed with the Chinese group on Monday. Little Sheep operates over 300 branches in 110 countries.


Advocates, employers tussle over compliance

Local garment sector stakeholders failed to find common ground at a meeting on supply chain safety protocols, with the government and employers expressing reluctance to take on an additional level of responsibility.


Coca-Cola opens new $100M plant at capital economic zone

Global beverage giant Coca-Cola officially inaugurated its new $100 million Cambodian production facility yesterday, significantly increasing its local bottling capacity while bolstering the confidence of foreign investors.


Prime Minister floats venues for disabled street singers

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday offered to give musicians with disabilities who earn their livings playing for traffic-bound vehicles in the capital – and at times have been blamed for contributing to that congestion – a new venue for their performances: Wat Phnom.


Customs urged to move online

Customs authorities should work quickly to adopt an envisioned online registration system for cross-border cargo shipments that would expedite delivery and cut out pesky middlemen who tack on unofficial fees, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said yesterday.


Rights Day events to dot the Kingdom

More than 500 people conducted a march and held a public forum yesterday in Siem Reap, with thousands more expected to conduct their own events around the country to mark International Human Rights Day on Saturday.


Tanncam takes stake in financial service firm

Tanncam Investment Company, an Uzbeki-owned investment company registered in Cambodia, has agreed to purchase a 30 percent stake in financial services firm Cambodian Investment Management (CIM) and its related group companies for an undisclosed sum.


Ex-cadre defends purges of traitors – except for one

A former courier who delivered messages between Nuon Chea and Ruos Nhim testified yesterday that alleged traitor Nhim was “forced” to confess and never actually betrayed the regime.


Hollow-core precast concrete plant opened

Cambodia's first hollow-core precast concrete factory was inaugurated yesterday in Kampong Speu province, according to local media reports. The factory, a joint venture of VCON Group and Phnom Penh Precast Plants, aims to supply the local construction sector with ready-made products for foundations and walls, including injection into existing beams and pillars.


Cops bust 15 alleged thieves over weekend

The Phnom Penh Municipal Police yesterday paraded before members of the press 15 alleged repeat robbers who were arrested for stealing motorcycles, phones and possessing drugs.


Chinese firm eyes steel mill

One of China’s largest steelmakers is seeking partners in Cambodia to build a steel mill that will reduce the Kingdom’s dependency on imported steel for its construction sector, a company executive said.


K Speu police raid nets one tonne of rosewood

Kampong Speu provincial police raided a warehouse stocking illicit Siamese rosewood on Monday afternoon, seizing nearly a tonne of the precious timber but failing to apprehend its owner.


Financial sector is on the radar

A growing interest in Cambodia’s financial sector has led to some recent high-profile mergers and acquisitions. The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with John McGinley, managing partner for Mekong Strategic Partners, to discuss the investment opportunities in the sector.


Kampot officials order families to leave Bokor

Kampot provincial authorities have warned some 100 families who have settled on land within Bokor National Park to leave or face eviction.


Pigs call first dibs on feed

AGRO-Industrial conglomerate Mong Reththy Group inaugurated its first feed mill on Friday, with the factory’s production line aimed foremost at supplying the group’s industrial pig-rearing operation, a company executive said yesterday.


Mixed feelings toward dredging-fuelled fund

Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem yesterday announced in Koh Kong province the creation of a community fund of nearly $40,000 for Koh Sralao village, according to a ministry official, who said the funds came from a 2-cent-per-cubic-metre levy imposed on sand dredgers in the area.


Bank customers irked by shutdown of ATMs

Customers of Acleda Bank, the Kingdom’s largest financial institution, struggled to access their accounts after the bank’s nearly 300 ATM machines nationwide were taken out of service over the weekend for a system-wide software upgrade.