Camps set up by Srekor villagers on high ground to protect from anticipated flooding caused by the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam. Photo supplied

UN officials blocked from visiting villages near dam

Police yesterday prevented representatives of the United Nations human rights office from accessing two Stung Treng villages threatened by flooding from the Lower Sesan II Dam.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Phak Seangly, Martin de Bourmont
Officials raid a network of 31 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals suspected of operating a telecoms scam last week. Taiwan has demanded the seven Taiwanese suspects not be deported to mainland China. Photo supplied

Government to return Taiwan nationals to mainland

Seven Taiwanese citizens will be deported to mainland China alongside 24 Chinese nationals despite efforts by Taiwanese officials to have them repatriated to the island, an immigration police official said yesterday.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Soth Koemsoeun, Leonie Kijewski
The locked gates of  former CMAC official Ub Vireak's home in Battambang province, where he was arrested last week for alleged involvement in cross-border arms smuggling.

Court charges trio in arms trafficking case

Three men arrested for involvement in cross-border arms smuggling were yesterday charged with weapons trafficking, the prosecutor handling the case said.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Mech Dara, Shaun Turton
Santuk District Deputy Governor Im Chhorn (right) is escorted into Prey Sar prison last week in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Official in land dispute with PM’s sister arrested

A deputy district governor in Kampong Thom has been charged with fraud over a $2 million land deal with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s sister, Hun Seng Ny, a court official said yesterday. Im Chhorn, the deputy governor of Santuk district, was arrested last week following a complaint lodged by the prominent businesswoman and has been detained in Prey Sar prison to await trial, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Y Rin. Chhorn was charged with fraud on Thursday and now faces up to three years in jail for allegedly failing to deliver a land title to Seng Ny.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Thai authorities inspect seized mortar tubes and ammunition smuggled from Cambodia last week. Photo supplied

More suspects in Thailand arms smuggling case sought

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police are hunting four more suspects believed to be connected to a recent case of smuggling weapons to Thailand, with an official saying the group is accused of transporting the ordnance across the border. The case emerged last Tuesday, when five Thai nationals were caught in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province allegedly transporting three mortar tubes and three mortar rounds. “They all escaped from Sampov Loun district; they all live there. Altogether, it’s four people,” Banteay Meanchey Deputy Provincial Police Chief Sith Los said.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Niem Chheng, Shaun Turton
Migrant workers repair a net on a Thai fishing boat in Thailand’s Rayong province. Cambodian plaintiffs last week appealed a Thai court’s decision dismissing all charges against two suspects they accuse of trafficking them into the fishing industry. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Trafficked fishermen appeal case dismissal

Cambodian plaintiffs in a Thai human trafficking case have appealed a provincial court’s judgment dismissing charges against two suspects.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Leonie Kijewski
Police chief Neth Savoeun speaks about a six-month report on nationwide crime statistics at a meeting held yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Crime up slightly since start of 2017

Crime in the Kingdom has risen by 5 percent in the first half of 2017, according to a biannual National Police report released yesterday.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Chhay Channyda
A CMAC official unearths one of the two unexploded Mk 82 bombs on Sunday in Kandal province. Photo supplied

Villagers in Kandal find unexploded ordnance

Two unexploded Mk 82 bombs, legacies of the US bombing of Cambodia in the 1970s, were unearthed on Sunday in a hole in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, according to a police official.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at the inauguration of the National Social Protection Policy Framework yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

PM announces plan for social security system

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced that the government has plans to have a functioning social security system operational in the country by 2025, including universal health care, unemployment insurance and old-aged pensions.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Touch Sokha, Yesenia Amaro
Two star general in the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit Nam Phiron, filed a complaint against a 14-year-old for extortion. Fresh News

Kid tries to extort cash from Unit general

A 14-year-old boy is in pre-trial detention after allegedly attempting to extort money via Facebook from Nam Phiron, a two-star general in the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit.

Tue, 25 July 2017 Mech Dara