This Week in News


News from throughout the week in the Kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia Daily-style.

“Man Charged with Raping 14-Year-Old Daughter”

The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged a 41-year-old man for raping is 14-year-old daughter… [Said Commune Police Chief So Sophal,] “We arrested the suspect…when the suspect came to find his daughter in Banteay Meanchey province on Saturday…The suspect confessed he had raped his daughter many times when his wife went to work in Thailand. He also warned his daughter not to tell anyone about the rapes.” The victim was sent to rights group Adhoc on Saturday in order to receive treatment, he added (Nhem Sreyroth)

“On-The-Spot Fines for Car, Truck Drivers to End”

 Starting May 1, traffic police across the country will stop fining car and truck drivers on the spot, and instead issue them tickets to be paid later, officials said yesterday… “We want all cars and trucks to carry out the fines like in other developed countries, and it is easy for traffic police to carry out,” said [National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun]. It remained unclear whether the new rules would eventually be extended to motorbikes, which as a result of their sheer volume generate the most under-the-table income for traffic police. (Khy Sovuthy)

“Man Killed as His Tractor Detonates Anti-Tank Mine”

A 24-year-old man was killed in Banteay Meanchey province on Tuesday when his tractor detonated an anti-tank mine, officials said. Ol Phann was plowing a filed in Malai District…which he had ploughed on at least three previous occasions, when the mine blew him up. …the anti-tank mine was left over from fighting between government forces and the Khmer Rouge, which continued in the area until the late 1990s. (Hai Sina)

“Filling of Boeng Kak Lake Finished After 3 1/2 Years”

The private firm behind the controversial $2.17 billion development of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak lake finished pumping sand into the area last week, officials said yesterday, some three-and-a-half years after starting. The filling of the lake as displace more than 3,000 mostly poor families– in violation of the country’s 2001 Land Law– to make way for the high-end residential and commercial property development of Cambodian People’s Party Senator Lao Meng Khin’s Shukaku Inc. As the lake’s water level rose, surrounding communities also endured years of flooding, though government officials refused to acknowledge any link between their flooded homes and the filling-in of the lake. (Khoun Narim) 

“Forestry Activist Chut Wutty Shot Dead”

Forestry activist Chut Wutty, 46, was fatally shot by military police during an altercation in Koh Kong yesterday. A military police officer, In Rattana, 32, was also shot to death in the scuffle. (Saing Soenthrith, Abby Seiff) 

It has since come to light that Wutty was shot after using “bad words” with the police. In Rattana in fact took his own life. Cambodia Daily reporters were present, which probably exacerbated the situation as they refused to give up their cameras upon request by the police.

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