Saturday, 17.11.2007: A Koh Kong Deputy Military Commander Detained on Accusation of Clearing Forest to Grab Land

Posted on 18 November 2007. Filed under: Week 534 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 534

“Phnom Penh: A Koh Kong deputy military commander, who is involved in grabbing more than 360 hectares of land in a prohibited area in Srae Ambel, Koh Kong, was detained by a court order and put in prison temporarily, in order to wait for further investigations, on the accusation of clearing forest to grab public state land, and destroying the natural environment.

“The Koh Kong deputy military commander Ream Lina was arrested and sent immediately from Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by National Military Police officials on 15 November 2007, based on a warrant by Mr. Chiv Keng, the president of Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“In the same afternoon, the Military Police forces sent the Koh Kong deputy military commander to Phnom Penh Municipal Court to for questioning according to legal procedures, but as it was already dark, the court left him for one night with Military Police officials, in order to wait to continue questioning him on 16 November 2007.

“At that time, the court continued to question the Koh Kong deputy military commander, with the participation of Mr. Lim Vanna, a defense lawyer. The court questioned him until after 12 at noon. then the military police officials brought him downstairs in order to put him in a car and send him back [to the Municipal Court]; the deputy military commander used a newspaper to hide his face.

“After the military police officials had sent him out, a report was shared that said that the court had decided to detain the Koh Kong deputy military commander temporarily in prison while waiting for an investigation to find out his partisans, on the accusation of clearing forest to grab public state land and of destroying the natural environment.

“The reason which led to the arrest of the Koh Kong deputy military commander was not revealed officially by any source; however, it was hinted that he might be involved with the grabbing of 361 hectares of land in the prohibited area in Chi Kha Kraom commune, Srae Ambel, Koh Kong.

“According to another source, Mr. Ream Lina, the Koh Kong deputy military commander, had bought the land from the people in the prohibited area in 2002. But actually, a sub-decree had been issued by the Royal Government of Cambodia for that area to be kept as reserved state land since 1991. Therefore, officials prepared documents to send them to the court to take legal action.

“It should be noticed that recently the Royal Government has started a campaign to crack down on the crime of frequently grabbing state land. In the meantime, the court had arrested Mr. Meas Savoeun, a deputy provincial governor of Preah Vihear, who is involved in clearing forest to grab land in the Ou Chheu Teal area, Preah Vihear. Then the arrest of the Koh Kong deputy military commander followed.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4439, 17.11.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 17 November 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2731, 17.11.2007

  • Ministry of Interior Police Burn Nearly 1,000 Liters of Mreah Prov [large softwood tree] Oil after Confiscating It [Kandal]
  • Ou Chrov [Cambodia] and Aranyaprathet [Thailand] Join Together for Cleanliness at Border Crossing [officials and people from both districts swept together]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1495, 17.11.2007

  • Mr. Sar Kheng: Khiev Samphan Is Founder of the Collective System in the Killing Fields Regime
  • Son of a Police General Drinks Nine Mugs of Beer; He Pulls out a Short Gun and Points it at Other People in a Restaurant [Siem Reap – he and his friend were arrested – and then released with the help from a high ranking official in Phnom Penh]
  • Gang Members Quarrel with Each Other and Throw a Grenade; Two of Them Are Seriously Wounded [Moung, Battambang]
  • Trees Are Still Illegally Cut Every Day in Kulen District [Preah Vihear]
  • In Nigeria, 785 Robbers Were Killed [in last three months]
  • Storm Kills 41 People in Bangladesh

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6195, 17-18.11.2007

  • US Considers Aid to [Khmer Rouge] Tribunal
  • A Foreigner, Who Lost in Gambling, Broke a Poipet Casino Glass Window and Jumped Down from the 16th Floor to Committee Suicide

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3314, 17-18.11.2007

  • Khiev Samphan Says Water Gets Slowly Clear
  • [US Ambassador] Joseph A. Musomeli Considers Detention of [former] Khmer Rouge Leaders to Be Onward Move of the Tribunal
  • Mr. Eng Chhay Ieng [secretary-general of the Sam Rainsy Party] Calls for Authorities to Stop Using Violence in Solving Land Disputes

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4439, 17.11.2007

  • A Koh Kong Deputy Military Commander Detained on Accusation of Clearing Forest to Grab Land
  • Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith Demand Evidence as the Tribunal Decides on a One-Year Detention
  • Boeng Mealea Lake Community Forest to a Large Extent Grabbed, and Trees Are Illegally Cut [Svay Leu, Siem Reap]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3188, 17.11.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] Sends Two Separate Letters to Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, Asking Them to Consider a New Movement of Joining Together
  • Club of Cambodian Journalists Vows to Help Journalists to Be Free from Lawsuits

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #554, 17.11.2007

  • A Family of Sam Rainsy Party Members [who had been attacked to be killed three times] in Kompong Thom Granted Political Asylum in the USA
  • Police Chief [Touch Naroth, Phnom Penh police commissioner] Admits that 2 to 3% of Police Receive Bribes from Criminals
  • Approximately 4 Million Citizens Will Come to Phnom Penh to Visit the Boat Races [during Water Festival]
  • Parliamentarian Eng Chhay Ieng Condemns Killing and Arresting of Citizens and Burning of Their Houses in Land Disputes in Preah Vihear
  • Economic Growth of Two Digits and Increase of the Number of Beggars in Phnom Penh Go Side by Site

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