Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Phnom Penh Post News in Brief

via CAAI

WFP employee to challenge conviction

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 15:01 Chrann Chamroeun and Thomas Miller

A LAWYER representing Seng Kunnaka, a United Nations World Food Programme employee convicted of incitement and jailed for six months, said yesterday his client would appeal against the court’s decision. “We will appeal the conviction to the Appeal Court this week,” Chou Sokheng said. Seng Kunnaka was jailed in a rapid-fire trial on December 18, after he handed out two copies of a web article critical of the government. Jean-Pierre DeMargerie, WFP’s country director, declined to comment yesterday.

Villagers to face court for property damage

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 15:01 May Titthara

THREE villagers involved in a land dispute with a firm owned by ruling party senator Ly Yong Phat are expected to appear at Kampong Speu provincial court today, accused of damaging company property. The villagers are part of a group of more than 2,000 families from Thpong district’s Omlaing commune that rights organisations say will be displaced by a 8,343-hectare land concession granted to Ly Yong Phat’s Phnom Penh Sugar Company. More than a dozen Omlaing villagers, who have been locked in the dispute with Phnom Penh Sugar since February, have so far been summoned for questioning by the provincial court in connection with the land spat.


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