Hun Manet hires law firm to battle US suit brought by family of jailed activist

Hun Manet has hired a law firm to contest a lawsuit that has been brought against him in the US by the family of an opposition activist imprisoned in Cambodia.


Witnesses describe horrors of forced marriage at KRT

In emotionally charged testimony at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, a witness revealed she was raped by her unit commander after refusing to consummate her forced marriage – a crime she had never disclosed before – while prominent transgender activist Sou Sotheavy testified through tears about being compelled to father a child.


Lawyers split appeal for 11 CNRP activists

Defence lawyers for 11 CNRP activists found guilty of “insurrection” yesterday successfully lobbied the Appeals Court to split the activists’ appeal into two cases – one contesting the verdict and the other challenging flaws in the lower court’s procedures.


Released Boeung Kak activist vows to keep protesting

Freed Boeung Kak lake activist Bov Sophea vowed to continue the group’s weekly Black Monday protests despite her and fellow activist Tep Vanny being arrested and convicted for conducting a “cursing ceremony” last week.


‘Morals’ on Culture Ministry’s mind

Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is updating its “code of ethics” to promote “moral behaviour, virtue and dignity” among the country’s artists and celebrities, though observers yesterday suggested the move seemed to be unfairly targeting female performers.


Garment sector figures disputed

Government officials and union groups yesterday cast doubts on the findings issued by the industry body for the nation’s garment and footwear manufacturers, challenging its claim that mounting investor concerns had forced dozens of local factories out of business and resulted in a sharp decline in garment and footwear orders.


CNRP's proposed changes to judicial laws ‘invalid’

The National Assembly has knocked back a set of proposed amendments by opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to legislation regulating the Kingdom’s judiciary because the submission did not follow procedure, a parliamentary official said yesterday.


Up to $85M earmarked to develop agriculture sectors

Representatives of Cambodia’s rice sector and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) met yesterday with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to discuss the implementation of a five-year program to promote the Kingdom’s agricultural products.


Local used as ‘patsy’ in illegal state land sale

A Koh Kong agriculture department official was demoted and a land management official is under investigation for using an unwitting woman’s identity to forge documents and sell state-owned land for $300,000.


Strategies to keep out dirty money discussed

Central bank officials met yesterday with representatives from the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) to discuss strategies on how to deal with the high risk of money laundering and financial terrorism in the country.


Police force to provide ‘security’ during upcoming elections

National Police deputy chief Kirth Chantharith will head a team to handle security during upcoming elections, with the group to decide upon the placement of “national security agents” for voters’ protection, according to a statement.


Phnom Penh SEZ to construct factories for hire

In a bid to diversify its revenue stream, Phnom Penh SEZ will restructure its business model by injecting capital into building its own factories that can be leased to tenants of its flagship industrial park, a company representative said yesterday.


Locals seek resolution in Banteay Meanchey land dispute

Protesters descended on Banteay Meanchey Provincial Hall yesterday to seek the governor’s intervention in a nearly decade-old land dispute.


Headwinds could divert China’s first civil jet to frontier markets

China has developed the county’s first-ever commercial passenger jet, but finding buyers for what one aviation expert described as a “stunningly obsolete” aircraft outside its own command economy is proving a lofty challenge.


Grade-12 test experience getting ‘better’: ministry

While the second and final day of the national Grade 12 exit exams wasn’t entirely free of would-be cheaters, the high-stakes testing was the smoothest yet since the introduction of tough new standards in 2014, officials said.


Fuel price caps rise after latest revision

The latest government fuel pricing revision raised the price ceilings on fuel sold at all Cambodian petrol stations from August 22 through September 1.


Ministry seeks funds from US for land dispute resolution

Land Management Minister Chea Sophara met with US Ambassador William Heidt on Monday evening to discuss the progress of recently established land dispute working groups and to request funding for an initiative to incentivise the resolution of such disputes.


Lower fuel prices no remedy for troubled transport sector

While local petroleum prices have dropped by nearly a quarter of their value since the start of the year, companies operating in the Kingdom’s highly competitive transportation sector insist they have not been able to convert lower fuel costs into higher profits – even when maintaining their fees.


Phnom Penh court hears case of niece sold for sex

A child-sex trafficking trial concluded yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court with all three defendants denying guilt, according to one of the lawyers of the accused.


PPSP reports decline in revenue, net profit

Industrial park operator Phnom Penh SEZ, which became the fourth company on Cambodia’s stock exchange when it listed in May, released its audited 2015 annual report and 2016 half-year financials yesterday, reporting declines in revenue and net profit over the past 18 months on slower land sales.


Monk defrocked after driving, crashing car in Preah Sihanouk

Religious authorities in Preah Sihanouk province have defrocked a monk after he injured two people in a traffic accident on Monday night, according to provincial traffic director Prom Pov.


Garment factories to buy into automation

Investors in Cambodia’s garment industry are increasingly purchasing modern equipment as they look to produce higher value-added products to compete in the international market and counter rising labour costs, an industry insider said yesterday.


Civil society groups secure pledges from PM Hun Sen at forestry forum

Billed as a Cambodian first, the invitation of 500 civil society and community representatives to a forum on environmental issues with Prime Minister Hun Sen proved largely a platform for the premier to hold forth on policy and politics, with many observers bemoaning the sidelining of community voices.


US firms generally upbeat on Cambodia's investment potential

Despite traditional barriers to investment, including endemic corruption, weak rule of law and the high cost of electricity, Cambodia’s fast-growing economy and liberal investment climate continue to attract US companies and provide solid returns for those already here, the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia said yesterday.


Activist walks free as Boeung Kak duo's charges changed

Boeung Kak lake activists Tep Vanny and Bov Sophea were convicted yesterday of insulting a public official, a sharp reduction from the far more serious charge of incitement initially brought against them, and sentenced to just six days in prison.


Ready for a tourism takeoff

Cambodia’s impressive tourism growth has seen new records set year after year at the Kingdom’s three international airports. Cambodia Airports, the French majority-owned company that operates these airports, recently completed major expansions at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to accommodate the anticipated growth in tourist arrivals by air. The Post’s Kali Kotoski sat down with Eric Delobel, the CEO of Cambodia Airports, to discuss the future of air connectivity.


Push to attract CPP voters part of nationwide trip: PM

Though the legally prescribed campaigning period is still more than eight months away, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday acknowledged his recent whistle-stop nationwide tour was to attract votes for his Cambodian People’s Party.


IPAC to work closely with gov’t to enhance intellectual property

Cambodia's first independent association for promoting intellectual property (IP) is seeking closer cooperation with government agencies to help the private sector better understand IP, its benefits and the importance of registering their products.