Victim of the truth was the reporter Hang Serei Oudom of the newspaper "Vorakchun Khmer Daily" last Sunday. The police arrested a military police for the murder of the journalist, who did research on illegal logging. In the house of the man a blood-soaked blanket and the shoes of the victim were found, according to a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior. The victim was discovered in the trunk of his car in the Cambodian province of Ratanakiri. The end of April, the environmental activist Chhut Vuthy was shot by a policeman, because he made aerial photographs of deforestation in the southwestern province of Koh Kong.
Webpirate for sale! Cambodia has deported the co-founder of the controversial Internet exchange platform The Pirate Bay to Sweden. Therefore the country dedicated a generous donation of 59 million US dollars to Cambodia. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg left the country last Monday evening on a plane to Bangkok. The 27-year-old was wanted for serious copyright infringement according to an international arrest warrant. Warg and its partners were condemned 2009 in Sweden for aiding and abetting copyright infringement. He now has to face one year in prison and pay a fine of 2.75 million Euros.
A controversial release was the one of the highest ranking female representative of the Khmer Rouge regime, Ieng Thirith. The Court declared the 80-year-old former Minister of Social Affairs for unable to stand the trial. For months the public debates over those responsible for the genocide. Observers suspect that Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was connected to the reign of terror, has no interest in further negotiations and investigations. Furthermore, between the Cambodian and international staff of the International Court of Justice occurred tensions and allegations of corruption were discussed. The costs of the processes have increased since 2006 from 56.3 million to 150.3 million U.S. dollars. According to a press release, Germany supported the Tribunal until 2010 with a total of 7.8 million Euros.
Riot Sonado became famous as the director of the critical radio station Beehive. After Prime Minister Hun Sen had closed the ASEAN conference in Cambodia in July, radio journalist Mam Sonado was arrested in Phnom Penh. He is accused of riot and inciting resistance. He allegedly motivated the protests in May in the province of Kratie against evictions for a new rubber plantation. During the last day of the protest police fired on a group of several families and killed a 14-year-old girl.
The election next year is an important event for all Cambodians. More than 100,000 new voters registered during the first week, according to the head of the National Election Committee. The Secretary of the Committee, Tep Nytha, expects 610,000 registered voters in total. The committee has also set up information centers in the provinces, where 30,000 duplicated names were already deleted from the voters' lists. Tep Nytha says, that the NEC suspects more than 141,000 duplicated registrations.
Land disputes out of control in the communities Borei Keila and Boeung Kak, Phnom Penh. Supporters protested last week in front of the Justice Department, to demonstrate for the release of the activists Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha from their detention in Prey Sar prison. Since 2005, the activists have faced arrests repeatedly, because of their fight against the forced privatization of their neighbor's land. Bopha was arrested last week, because she should have intentionally attacked a moto taxi-driver, who is supported by his union.
"Local pharmaplant expands" and "Cars made in Cambodia" were the economic headlines of the week. PharmaProduct Manufacturing, Cambodia's first pharmaceutical plant according to company information, wants to export to other countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), when the Asean Framework Agreement is signed in 2015. The company has been producing pharmaceutical products since 1996 and also supplies the Francophone African countries.
In three years the first Cambodian car should be built in Preah Sihanouk. The British company BIW has signed on Friday a joint venture valuing 2 million U.S. dollars with ACICA Automotive (Cambodia). Manufactured from non-imported spare parts the car will cost about 7,000 U.S. dollars. On a 1,000-acre site about 250,000 cars will be produced a year, according to the company, employees as well as suppliers will be located in the area. Currently Cambodia's demand between lies 2.500 and 3.000 sales per year.