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South African national Blignaut Chan, 26, was arrested for smuggling 59 packs of cocaine in his stomach. Photo supplied
Mon, 18 September 2017

Drug mule arrested at airport with ‘cocaine in stomach’

Cambodian authorities last week arrested an alleged drug mule attempting to smuggle cocaine into the Kingdom by hiding it in his stomach.

Suspects in the Phnom Penh grenade attack are guarded by authorities during a press conference at the Ministry of Interior in September last year
Mon, 18 September 2017

Five sentenced over Phnom Penh grenade attack

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has delivered life sentences to three people and 30-year jail terms to two more for their roles in a grenade attack in the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang III commune in September last year.

Montagnard refugee Y Rin Kpa, 47, has had his asylum bid rejected in the Kingdom two times.
Mon, 18 September 2017

‘Well-founded fears’: Montagnards returning to Vietnam speak of dread for what awaits them

When Rlan Lap was 25 years old, he ran into the jungle. For the next two years, he lived mostly in hiding in the thick green of the trees.

Mon, 18 September 2017

Official warns ex-RFA staffers about continuing to work in Cambodia

Information Ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng on Friday made a thinly veiled threat to jail Radio Free Asia reporters if they continued to work in the Kingdom, following the broadcaster’s

Moeung Lihor, 20, is questioned after her arrest for allegedly insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Queen Mother on Facebook. Photo supplied
Mon, 18 September 2017

Fresh arrest over Facebook criticism of Hun Sen

A 20-year-old woman was charged in Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday with incitement and public insult for posts made on Facebook about Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Queen Mother. The woman, Moeung Lihor, a fruit vendor working in Thailand’s Rong Klua market, was arrested on Friday afternoon by Military Police after authorities had been tracking her Facebook posts over the past several months, said Prom Theng, the chief of the provincial Military Police’s judicial bureau. “In short, she posted news on Facebook and she defamed Queen Mother [Norodom Monineath] and Samdech Hun Sen. It affects the leader’s reputation,” he said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen greets representatives of the garment industry after his speech on Friday in Phnom Penh
Mon, 18 September 2017

Hun Sen amps up attacks on US

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and suggesting the US Embassy pull out its Peace Corps volunteers. The premier’s anti-US rhetoric has intensified in the past few weeks following the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha, a move widely condemned by civil society and foreign governments. Senior government officials have claimed Sokha was receiving US assistance to foment a “colour revolution” in the country. In response, the US Embassy questioned Cambodia’s commitment to democracy and has denied the claims – based on a 2013 speech given by Sokha – as a “red herring”.

Mon, 18 September 2017

Hun Sen lashes out at US for deportations

Prime Minister Hun Sen continued to criticise the US on Friday over its decision to suspend certain visas for Foreign Ministry officials due to the Kingdom’s unwillingness to take back Cambodian citizens that the US wants to deport,

Political analyst Kim Sok raises his hands at Phnom Penh court in February, where he was arrested for defamation and inciting unrest.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Kim Sok to remain in detention

The Appeal Court on Friday upheld an 18-month prison sentence and $200,000 compensation claim against political commentator Ki

Cambodian Americans gathered outside California's Long Beach City Hall to demand opposition leader Kem Sokha's release.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Cambodians in Long Beach protest arrest

Cambodian-Americans from Southern California held a peaceful protest in front of Long Beach City Hall on Saturday to urge the Cambodian government to release opposition leader Kem Sokha and to call for the United Nations to interven

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay speaks to press last week at CNRP's Phnom Penh head office.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Opposition’s Chhay seeks answers on ‘red-handed’ crimes

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay last week sent a letter to Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana seeking his ministry’s interpretation of the criminal procedures for “red-handed” crimes – a legal rationale used by the government to justif