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A guard sleeps in a hammock in front of fenced-off land in Prey Nob district's Bit Traing commune in Preah Sihanouk province on December 1, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Ex-Bodyguard Unit Deputy Arrested After Clash Over Land

Military police arrested a former general in the prime minister’s bodyguard unit and nine others who clashed with an investment company over land in a dispute-ridden area of Preah Sihanouk province, local officials said.

A map showing more than 800 hectares of sea off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province's Prey Nob district privatized in 2019 and 2020 for Canopy Sands Development and unspecified purposes. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Prince-Linked Firm Pours Sand Into 400 Hectares of Bay Without Study

A company with powerful shareholders is creating a new coastline in Ream by pouring an estimated 100 million tons of sand into the Gulf of Thailand. After a year of filling, company and government officials say they’re still in the process of assessing potential environmental and social impacts.

The NagaWorld casino in Phnom Penh. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

‘An Oknha’s Stomach Can Eat Up Lakes, Mountains and Forests’

The country’s top academic, tired of illegal logging in his institute’s sanctuary, railed against the excess of tycoons: “An oknha’s stomach can eat up lakes, mountains and forests.” The honorific of “oknha,” amid persistent scandals, has acquired a tarnished reputation.

A guard sleeps in a hammock in front of fenced-off land in Prey Nob district's Bit Traing commune in Preah Sihanouk province on December 1, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Some 90 Hectares of State Land in Preah Sihanouk Commune Privatized

Nearly 90 hectares of forested state land in Preah Sihanouk’s Bit Traing commune was privatized late last year and conceded to two private firms, including a company led by a businesswoman who was caught building illegal houses on Koh Kong’s Koh Sdach island.