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Khem Veasna with LDP supporters at his Phnom Kulen plantation in Siem Reap, in a photograph posted to Veasna's Facebook page on September 7, 2022.

Workers Who Left Korea to Escape End of World Begin to Return

Cambodian workers who left their jobs in South Korea in fear of politician Khem Veasna’s prophecy that the world would end in flooding have started to return, hoping to get their old jobs back, a Cambodian association there says.

Victims of an alleged Korean-language school and labor recruitment scam stand outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a hearing on January 21, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Accused Training Center Head Denies Fraud, Offers to Return Money

The director of a closed Korean-language training center denied the fraud and trafficking charges against him in court on Thursday, saying his school only taught dozens of workers who paid him $80,000 in total, and he had not acted as a migrant labor recruiter — but he was willing to return their money.

Victims of an alleged Korean language school scam and family members stand outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a hearing on January 12, 2021. (Va Sopheanut/VOD)

Training Center Directors on Trial After Falsely Promising Jobs in Korea

Two Korean language training school directors stood trial on Tuesday over charges of fraud — involving dozens of workers who each lost thousands of dollars — by falsely promising to send them to work in South Korea. Some were never sent, while others were sent to Dubai instead, the court heard.

Rainsy Tells World to Ignore Latest Opposition Arrest Orders

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy has told the world to ignore the arrest warrants for “plotting to commit treason” and “incitement” issued for himself and seven other officials from the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).