Justice Ministry
The Ministry of Justice sign in Phnom Penh (VOD)

Two Senior Officials Accused of Defrauding Former Deputy Governor

A former Pailin deputy provincial governor says two under-secretaries of state at the Justice Ministry and Council of Ministers defrauded him of $100,000 over a Phnom Penh land deal as the two men were handed preliminary charges and summoned to court.

Unionist Rong Chhun leaves the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh after attending an appeal hearing on November 11, 2020, in this photograph posted to Chhun’s Facebook page.

During Bail Appeal, Unionist Rong Chhun Shut Down for Raising Politics

Prominent unionist Rong Chhun, whose July arrest over comments he made about the Vietnam border sparked a series of protests, on Wednesday appealed for bail in the Supreme Court, but was shut down by judges for asking the court to “not be politically influenced.”

Lake-filling activity seen across the water at Tamok Lake on June 26, 2020. (Seav Meng/VOD)

More of Boeng Tamok to Be Filled In for Justice Ministry Storeroom

Justice Ministry officials need more room, so “empty public land” will be used to store court documents by filling in another part of Boeng Tamok, one of Phnom Penh’s “last lakes” that feeds hundreds of families and protects the capital from flooding.

Phnom Penh Appeal Court in 2019. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Defendants Not Fully Informed of Trial Rights, CCHR Finds

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has called on judges to “inform and fully explain” to all defendants both their rights during trial and the charges against them, citing a 16-month review of proceedings at the Phnom Penh Appeal Court.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks in Battambang province on January 9, 2020, in a photo posted to Kheng’s Facebook page.

Sar Kheng Advocates for Reform of the Courts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday called for reforms in the country’s judiciary, which has been ranked among the worst in the world in terms of corruption and government influence.