Two Villagers Were Arrested over the Removal of Temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese Border Markers – Thursday, 24.12.2009

Posted on 25 December 2009. Filed under: Week 644 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 644

“Phnom Penh: The Svay Rieng court, on Wednesday morning of 23 December 2009, ordered the authorities to arrest two of the five villagers that are accused of removing temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese border markers.

“The two villagers are Ms. Meas Srey and Mr. Prum Chea. Both of them own rice fields, and they claim that they are now lost because of the Cambodian-Vietnamese border marker demarcation in Svay Rieng.

“Their families and activists said that Ms. Meas Srey and Mr. Prum Chea followed the provincial court’s summons on Wednesday morning, 23 December 2009, and both of them were then arrested at 11:00 a.m of the same day.

“Another villager, Ms. Neang Phally, planed to appear at the Svay Rieng municipal court also on Wednesday afternoon, but after the two villagers were arrested at the court, she immediately decided to escape.

“Two other villagers Ms. Prak Koen and Mr. Khan Chea were also summoned by the Svay Rieng court to appear on Thursday morning, 24 December 2009.

“Meanwhile, [opposition party president] Mr. Sam Rainsy was summoned by the Svay Rieng court to appear early next week on 28 December 2009. But now, he is in France and will not follow the court’s summon.

“Ms. Meas Srey, Mr. Prum Chea, Ms. Neang Phally, Ms. Prak Koen, and Mr. Khan Chea are villagers in the Samroang commune, Chantrea district, Svay Rieng, and they are accused by the provincial court of intentionally destroying the temporary border marker Number 185. The removal of this temporary border marker was led by Mr. Sam Rainsy at the above location on 25 October 2009.

“The older brother of Ms. Meas Srey, Mr. Meas Prel, said that he accompanied his sister to the provincial court on Wednesday morning and waited for her outside the court over one hour. Then he saw a police car carry her and Mr. Prum Chea away from the court.

“At that moment, Mr. Meas Prel sought help from the human rights NGO ADHOC in Svay Rieng. Contacted by phone, Mr. Meas Prel called on the court to release his younger sister [and another villager], because they all lost their land because of the setting of temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese border markers. Now they lost their land. Moreover, they were detained.

“The ADHOC coordinator in Svay Rieng who is observing this case, Mr. Nget Nara, asked the court to free the two villagers and lift the charges against these poor people.

“Mr. Nget Nara stressed that the court should take a humanitarian position into consideration, because arresting these people is like killing them and their families. We are in a paddy rice cultivating region, and those arrested people are just caring for their families. In addition, the arrest of villagers living along the Vietnamese border makes other villagers afraid and not daring to protest over other documented cases of injustice.

“The investigating judge of the Svay Rieng municipal court, Mr. Long Kesphirum, who had issued a summons and ordered the arrest of the two villagers temporarily over the removal of temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese border markers, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday evening.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 17, #5081, 24.12.2009

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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #369, 24.12.2009

  • Cambodia Rejected [Thai Deputy Prime Minister] Suthep’s Claims Accusing that [Thai ousted and fugitive prime minister] Thaksin Shinawatra Uses Cambodia as a Place to Attack Bangkok
  • Samdech Hun Sen: Only Retired Soldiers Who Have Real Difficulties Can Receive Social Concession Land
  • [A police official,] Mr. Neang Sokna, Called Tivea 06 [“Anniversary 06”], Who Appeared in Court to Explain the Case where He Assaulted a Car Mechanic

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2132, 24.12.2009

  • A Second Confidential Document about the Plan to Murder Thaksin Shinawatra Leaked [according to The Nation; the plan is presented by the opposition party and it is supposedly made by the Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kasit Piromya]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #562, 24.12.2009

  • Two Farmers Who Lost Their Rice Fields because of the Border Marker Demarcation [at the Cambodian-Vietnamese border] Were Detained by the Khmer Authorities
  • Nearly 20 Khmer Parliamentarians [from the Sam Rainsy Party] Asked [the Minister of Justice] Ang Vongvathana to Release [Khmer Machas Srok editor-in-chief] and Ruos Sokhet

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6839, 24.12.2009

  • The Royal Government of Cambodia Rejected the content of an Interview of [the Thai Prime Minister] Abhisit Vijjajiva with Asia Satellite TV Thailand, [saying that if Cambodia secretly listened to the conversation between a Thai engineer and the First Secretary of the Thai Embassy [claiming that this was the way the Cambodian authorities new about the fact that the air traffic engineer gave the Flight Plan to the Thai embassy], Cambodia needs to explain it, otherwise it will affect the country’s view under international eyes]
  • Because of Jealousy, a Cruel Man Brok His Wife’s Neck to Kill Her and Buried Her Body to Hide the Evidence [he was arrested – Kompong Cham]

Phnom Penh Post [Khmer Edition], Vol.1, #74, 24.12.2009

  • The Khmer Authorities Are Seeking Two Uighur People Who Escaped [in Cambodia before 20 others were deported to China]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #505081, 24.12.2009

  • Son Chhay Submitted Questions and Videos to Seek an Explanation in the Border Marker Case [the video is about the removal of border markers by citizens and by Mr. Sam Rainsy, and about a later visit by Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarians – Mr. Cheam Yeap, a parliamentarian and member of the central committee from the Cambodian People’s Party, said that the request of Mr. Son Chhay [for clarification] cannot be implemented, unless there is a decision from the standing committee of the National Assembly, led by Samdech Heng Samrin. But by Wednesday evening, the committee had not yet received Mr. Son Chhay’s request.]
  • Two Villagers Were Arrested for Removing Temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese Border Markers
  • [Two or three] Robbers Entered a House and Attacked a 14-Year-Old Girl, Killing Her with a Cleaver, Taking Away Gold and Money [Battambang]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1840, 24.12.2009

  • [Opposition party president] Mr. Sam Rainsy: The Real Court [suing him for removing temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese border markers] Is in Hanoi

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A Village Chief Shot and Killed a Sam Rainsy Party Activist, and Police Gave the Victim’s Family US$900 so that They Do Not Sue – Thursday, 3.12.2009

Posted on 4 December 2009. Filed under: Week 641 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 641

“An activist of the Sam Rainsy Party was shot dead by a village chief who lives in a different village, while the victim and his nephew were fishing at a canal; and police gave the victim’s wife US$900 so that she would not inform civil society and sue him at the court. This is according to the deputy director of the Sam Rainsy Party in Prey Veng, Mr. Pim Samnang, who received the information from the victim’s family.

“But the police chief of Sithor Kandal denied that he negotiated anything with the victim’s wife to stop suing him.

“Mr. Pim Samnang told Khmer Machas Srok in the morning of 2 December 2009 at the Sam Rainsy Headquarters in Phnom Penh, that the victim is Buo Boun, 28. He lived in Prasat village, Chrey Khmum commune, Sithor Kandal, Prey Veng. He added that at 7:00 p.m. on 28 November 2009, Buo Boun together with an 11-year-old boy was shot by Voeun, the chief of the Ta Nal village which is in the same commune, killing him immediately at the site while he and his nephew were fishing at the Anhchanh canal in his village.

“The perpetrator shot the victim three times, and once hit him in the back in the shoulder-blade.

“The Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Prey Veng, Mr. Chea Pouch said, ‘I cannot assume that it is political, but we let police investigate it first with participation from civil society.’

“He added, ‘I condemn the murderer who was already known as a village chief from the Cambodian People’s Party.” Therefore, police must capture the murderer as the target is clearly identified already.’

“According to this report, at about 2:00 p.m. on 29 November 2009, his wife Din Then knew her husband died. The victim is a farmer and has a six-year-old daughter. His wife is now eight months pregnant.

“The report went on to say that on 1 December 2009, police officials of Sithor Kandal went to negotiate with the victim’s wife and family by offering US$900 to Buo Boun’s wife so there would be no complaint to the court and to civil society.

“The Sithor Kandal district police chief, Mr. Net, told Khmer Machas Srok via telephone yesterday evening [2 December 2009] that indeed there was a killing which resulted from an electric fishing shock. When asked whether police helped to negotiate to pay US$900 to stop any complaint, Mr. Net denied it and claimed that his role is to make a report and to send it to higher levels, and to try to arrest the perpetrator for prosecution.

“He added that the police has not yet arrested the perpetrator, but they know who he is.

“Though Mr. Net denied negotiating with the victim’s family, Ms. Din Then, villagers and the victim’s relatives claimed that the district police did negotiate to pay US$900 to the victims’ wife in order to stop her going to sue at the court.

“Buo Boun was an orphan and an outstanding activist of the Sam Rainsy Party. He used to be an agent of the Sam Rainsy Party at his village and also the one who was able to find most support for the Sam Rainsy Party for the national elections in 2008. His murder is considered as political, as he never had disputes with anyone.

“Mr. Pim Samnang called police to arrest the perpetrator, Voeun, the village chief, to be convicted according to the law.

“Yesterday evening, it was reported that the secretary-general of the Sam Rainsy Party, Ms. Ke Sovannarath, wrote a letter to the Minister of Interior, Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, requesting him to arrest the perpetrator to be prosecuted according to the law.

“It should be noted that last month, an activist of the Sam Rainsy Party was attacked and killed while the victim and his wife were sleeping in their cottage to guard their paddy rice in Basedth district, Kompong Speu.” Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #545, 3.12.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 3 December 2009

Areyathor, Vol.16, #1421, 3.12.2009

  • [The President of the National Assembly] Samdech Heng Samrin: Khmers Are Happy with the Nomination of Thaksin Shinawatra [Thai ousted prime minister — but also convicted to two years in prison for economic corruption, who fled the country breaking his bail promise — as an economic advisor]

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #352, 3.12.2009

  • Lecturers and Students of the Royal University of Agriculture Stopped Striking after They Were Promised a Solution [related to corruption suspicions among the leadership of the university]
  • Nearly Two Tonnes of Snakes and Turtles Were Intercepted before They Were Trafficked Illegally to Vietnam through the Chrey Thom Border Crossing

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2114, 3.12.2009

  • The Minister of Commerce [Mr. Cham Prasidh], Said that Cambodia, like Other Countries in the World, Suffers from the Economic Crisis
  • Police Arrested More Than 100 Troublemaking Teens Who Stay at Guesthouses Together and Use Drugs [Phnom Penh]
  • A Perpetrator Who Raped and Killed a Woman Was Arrested [Kandal]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #545, 3.12.2009

  • A Village Chief Shot and Killed a Sam Rainsy Party Activist, and Police Gave the Victim’s Family US$900 so that They Do Not Sue

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6821, 3.12.2009

  • The Diplomatic Dispute Does Not Cut Off Military Ties, and Cambodian and Thai Troops Play Friendship Sports on the Dangrek Mountains
  • A Grandson Is a Cruel Murderer Who Killed His Grandmother [and injured a servant seriously; it is assumed the murder is related to a conflict over family property – Phnom Penh]

Phnom Penh Post [Khmer Edition], Vol.1, #59, 3.12.2009

  • Hundreds of Vietnamese Women Were Trafficked to Cambodia [within 11 months of 2009, as many as 773 Vietnamese women were arrested by the government [and sent back to Vietnam], and also Cambodian citizens, including children, women, and men were trafficked; according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation]
  • The Cambodian-South Korean Commerce Declined by More Than 11% within 10 Months of 2009 [to only US$232.8 million], but It Might Recover Next Year
  • Obama Will Send 30,000 Soldiers More to Afghanistan

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #5063, 3.12.2009

  • The European Union Grants More Than US$2 Million [Euro 2 million] to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Thai Mother Came to Visit Her Son at the Prey Sar Prison for the Second Time Quietly [he was accused as a spy for coping the flight plan — flight plans in many countries are public information to strengthen air traffic safety by sharing information — of the Thai ousted prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. – According to other sources, she was greeted at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, who accompanied her to the prison]
  • Two New International Co-Prosecutors for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal [Mr. Andrew T. Cayley and Mr. Paul Coffey] Were Appointed [after having been nominated four month ago]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1825, 3.12.2009

  • Five Thousands People [from different organizations, associations, communities, trade unions, and ethnic minorities] Plan to March on 10th December – Human Rights Day – in Phnom Penh

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Wednesday, 16.7.2008: Three Journalists Were Attacked by Merchants Who Transport Illegal Fuel

Posted on 16 July 2008. Filed under: Week 569 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 569

“Siem Reap: When three journalists saw a truck that had an accident and was turned over – transporting fuel – along Road 67B at Dai Ao in Srae Nouy, they stopped their car and got off to take pictures of the accident immediately. But they were ordered to leave immediately and abused with rude words, because they did not accept to leave. Then two men from a Mitsubishi car which came, with a license plate of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces [RCAF] with the umber 2 2809, jumped out and hit the journalists with their hands and kicked them and brutally twisted their arms and boxed them.

“This event, where merchants were transporting fuel, depending on an Oknha in Phnom Penh, where journalists were hit, happened at 3:30 p.m. on 14 July 2008 at Dai Ao in Srae Nouy, Varin, in Siem Reap province.

“One journalist reported to Khmer Sthapana that on that day, he and five other people with three cars traveled to the Anlong Veng district. When they arrived at the site of an accident, they saw an overturned truck carrying fuel at the pedestrian lane of the road. So the three journalists parked their cars to see the accident. At the same time, men unloading the fuel threatened them, ‘What are the three of you doing here? You have no right here. If anyone wants to take pictures of me I do not allow it, because you all are from some unknown newspaper; just get away! You know this belongs to Oknha Hun To [Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nephew]; but you know nothing!’ Then the journalists started to ask whether the truck has a legal permit or not for this kind of transport. About 15 minutes later, another car with a RCAF license plate arrived, and a man from that car asked who took photos. Suddenly that man hit Mr. Te Limhak, a journalist from Damneung Khmer Pises, then one of the merchants continued to hit him seriously so that his mouth was bleeding and he kicked him. After that, that man ordered his followers to take tubes to threaten them and shouted that such unknown journalists should not be allowed to be here.

“Mr. Khut Khatna, aged 45, who is a reporter and the publishing editor of Chbas Kar, said that the three journalists which were attacked are 1. he himself, Khut Khatna, male, aged 45; he lives in Ou Thkov village, Roleab commune, Sampov Meas district, in Pursat province, and he is the editor of Chbas Kar – his lip on the right side was injured, and his nasal bone was broken, and he still feels internal pain; 2. Te Limhak, male, aged 37, he lives in Siem Reap and is a reporter of Damneung Khmer Pises, was injured on his face and neck, he was kicked twice and his camera was broken; and 3. Sim Socheat, aged 38, a reporter of Samakum Apyeakret Pracheathipatai in Siem Reap – he was able to escape from the hitting. Knowing that merchants attacked the three journalists, citizens and especially those who are professional journalists in Siem Reap, cannot accept such events and they request that the police has to take action against those crooked people.

“Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Information Mr. Thieng Vandarong said that he received information that merchants attacked three journalists yesterday; however, this information is so far only reported from one side. Mr. Thieng Vandarong added that this behavior cannot be accepted, because the journalists had only something to write and cameras; if they just took photographs, the merchants have no justification to hit them; they violated the journalists’ rights to cover information. Therefore, being among the leadership of the Ministry of Information, he will ask the police and authorities of all levels to seek justice for those journalists.

“After the murder of Mr. Khim Sambo, a journalist of Moneaksekar Khmer, and of his son, the public strongly condemns such brutal acts conducted by cowardly people hiding behind the power of others. After all, the merchants hit the journalists just because they took photographs of the over-turned truck transporting fuel. Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #50, 16.7.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 16 July 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1694, 16.7.2008

  • [Spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior] Khieu Sopheak: Investigation of the Shooting of Journalist [Mr. Khim Sambo and his son, who was 21 years old] Is Moving Forwards
  • Official Development [grant] Aid [of US$897,247] of Japan [for the construction of a lower secondary school in Battambang and for the clearing of landmines in the community of Kamrieng, Battambang] Was Granted by Japanese Non-Government Organizations [School Aid Japan and Japan Mine Action Service]
  • South Korea Will Summon Its Ambassador from Japan [because of a dispute over an island which is called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese]
  • Iran Has Found Another New Big Oil Field [from which 1,100 million barrels can be extracted]


Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #50, 16.7.2008

  • Three Journalists Were Attacked by Merchants Who Transport Illegal Fuel
  • Fishing Boats of Vietnam Still Come to Do Fishing in the Khmer Sea Illegally


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6398, 16.7.2008

  • The Former Members of Rasmach’s Group [who were accused of having committed 13 separate kidnappings in which they netted more than $1.3 million before their leader was killed in August 2000] Who Were Free from Punishment Are Identified as the Group That Killed Dr. Keo Iev, Director of the Oral Fresh Water Company
  • Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association – ADHOC – Calls for Actions to Prevent Anarchic Shootings


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3513, 16.7.2008

  • [Vice-President of the Sam Rainsy Party] Mr. Kong Korm Asked the National Election Committee to Lock Up the Seals of Commune Councilors in Neutral Places around the Election Days [in order that they cannot be used to seal Forms 1018 – Form 1018 is an identity document required to vote, in case an eligible voter does not have a National Identification Card or a passport, or an identification card as a civil servant, as a member of the police, or an army identification card, a family booklet with an identification picture, or a document identifying a person as a monk – then their Commune Council could establish an identification using Form 1018]
  • A Siem [Thai] Opposition Group Accused Forty Two High Ranking Officials of Betraying the Nation [by supporting the Cambodian proposal to list the Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site without presenting the case to the parliament for discussion]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4642, 16.7.2008

  • 50 Thai [black-clad border protection unit] Soldiers Rushed into a Khmer Pagoda near the Preah Vihear Temple [after three Thai demonstrators were caught by Cambodian police, because they jumped across a fence of the Cambodian border checkpoint]
  • A Bomb Exploded and Another Bomb Was Found in time; the Norodom Ranariddh Party Said It Was a Threat to One of Its Members [no one is injured – Moung Russey district, Battambang]
  • The First Biogas Plant in Cambodia Set Up by a Korean Company [with investment from the MHBIO Energy Group, a Korean company] Will Start Producing in October of This Year [at Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]
  • [Famous singer] Sokun Nisa Denied She Was the One Who Drove a Lexus and Hit a Truck [she said the driver was her friend, because she cannot drive, she sat at the back seat]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3360, 16.7.2008

  • In Soklida’s Aunt [Ms. Ya Soknim] Said that Chea Ratha [In Soklida’s lesbian partner] Ruined Her Whole Life [because she was attacked with acid]

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