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  1. By Marisa Chimprabha The Nation Cambodia’s Funcinpec party president Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Cambodia yesterday, was transferred to a Bangkok hospital early this morning. The prince, who suffered two broken legs among other injuries, was airlifted from Don Muang International Airport, to Bangkok Hospital, as his injuries were serious, a source said. The accident, which occurred when a taxi swerved into the incoming lane and collided head on with Prince Ranariddh’s vehicle on national road 4 in Ou’ Oknha Heng commune on the way to Sinhankville, killed his wife, Ouk Phalla. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but died shortly afterwards. The same source said that the prince, who was a coprime minister with Prime Minister Hun Sen, arrived at Bangkok Airport at about 1am today and because of his serious condition was airlifted to the hospital rather than taken by ambulance. Khmer Times quoted Yim Savy, Funcinpec secretary general, as saying that the Prince Ranariddh would be sent abroad for medical treatment. The prince’s driver, a taxi driver and four passengers also sustained injuries, police said. The prince and his wife were going to attend an election campaign rally in Sihanoukville for the upcoming national election on July 29. Funcinpec Party spokesman, Nhep Bunchin said the body of the prince’s wife, Ouk Phalla, will be kept for a funeral at Botum pagoda in Phnom Penh. Phalla, the 39 yearold mother of two sons, stood for a lawmaker candidate in Prey Veng province for the upcoming national election. source http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30348014 -- © Copyright The Nation 18/06 photo fresh news
  2. Cambodia's political prince hurt in car crash that kills wife PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh was seriously injured, and his wife killed, in a car crash on Sunday in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville, police said. Ranariddh’s sports utility vehicle was hit head on by a taxi driving in the opposite direction, said Chuon Narin, police chief of the province of Preah Sihanouk. “The prince was taken in a helicopter for an emergency rescue in Phnom Penh,” Chuon Narin told Reuters. “He is seriously injured but he will be fine.” Ranariddh’s wife, Ouk Phalla, 39, an exponent of traditional dance, died in a hospital in Preah Sihanouk, Chuon Narin said, adding that both SUVs involved in the crash had been speeding. The son of the influential late monarch Norodom Sihanouk and half-brother of the current King Norodom Sihamoni, Ranariddh, 73, has had a turbulent political career. He returned to politics in 2015 to lead the royalist Funcinpec party that ditched him years ago. In 1997, he was overthrown as co-prime minister in a bloody coup and since his return to politics, had vowed to work with former rival and long-serving prime minister Hun Sen. Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) last year, leaving the way clear for Hun Sen to extend more than three decades of rule in an election on July 29. Ranariddh’s Funcinpec was allocated most of the CNRP’s parliamentary seats after its dissolution, and its leader, Kem Sokha, was arrested over accusations of plotting to take power with the help of the United States. The CNRP and Washington have both denied the charges. Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Clarence Fernandez https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-prince/cambodias-political-prince-hurt-in-car-crash-that-kills-wife-idUSKBN1JD06Q -- © Copyright Reuters 1706
  3. Ranariddh 'seriously injured', his wife dies in accident in Preah Sihanouk THE wife of former first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh has died. Ouk Phalla succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nub district this morning. She and the prince were immediately rushed to the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hospital. Phalla remained in an unconscious state and was confirmed to have died just after 12:00pm. Ranariddh was later airlifted from the provincial hospital to the Phnom Penh Hospital in critical condition. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ranariddh-seriously-injured-his-wife-dies-accident-preah-sihanouk -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 18/06
  4. Xinhua news agency reported that Ouk Phalla, the prince's wife, was seriously wounded in the crash, and they have been taken to a hospital. A Cambodian prince and former prime minister was injured in a head-on collision on a highway in the country's southwest on Sunday, officials said. Prince Norodom Ranariddh and his wife Ouk Phalla were rushed to hospital after a taxi travelling in the other direction slammed into his motorcade. "A taxi with many passengers crashed into the convoy and hit the prince's car," an official from Ranarridh's political party who was accompanying him told AFP. A report on the national police website showed badly damaged cars and victims on the roadside. Seven people were reported injured. Chuon Narin, police chief of Preah Sihanouk province where the accident happened, confirmed the crash but said he did not know how severe the injuries were. Ranariddh, 74, was travelling from the riverside town of Kampot to Preah Sihanouk as part of campaigning for controversial national elections set for July 29. His party Funcinpec is taking part despite widespread complaints that the poll will be neither free nor fair after the main opposition group the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was banned late last year. Hun Sen, the prime minister who has been in power for 33 years, has crushed dissent leading up to the election, ensuring a resounding victory for his ruling Cambodian People's Party. Ranariddh, the half-brother of Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, has had a historically fraught relationship with Hun Sen, who pushed him out of power in 1997. But he has cosied up to the former foe as part of a political comeback, and was granted one of the CNRP's parliamentary seats after they were redistributed. Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in Cambodia, where road rules are weakly enforced. Highways also lack dividers while speed limits are often ignored. In 2015 Ranariddh was slightly injured when his car was hit by a truck.//AFP source http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30347942#.WyYN4Mkx--s.twitter -- © Copyright The Nation 17/06
  5. PHNOM PENH, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian immigration police arrested 35 illegal Nigerian immigrants and a Vietnamese national during raids on their rented houses in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district on Saturday, a senior police official said. "They were caught for living in Cambodia illegally," Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, director of the General Department of Immigration (GDI)'s investigation and procedure department, told Xinhua, adding that they could be deported to their birth country within a week. According to the GDI, last year, the Southeast Asian country expelled 2,357 illegal foreigners of 51 nationalities, and a majority of them were Vietnamese nationals. Under the immigration law, any alien living in the kingdom without valid documents such as passports, visas, or work permits are subject to deportation. source http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/16/c_137259101.htm
  6. By Thomas Cristofoletti Neang’s family has been torn apart by the controversial Lower Sesan 2 Dam, a massive hydroelectric project on the Sesan River, a major tributary of the Mekong, in northeastern Cambodia. Following years of encouragement, pressure and outright intimidation by authorities, her aunties and uncles – even her husband – all belonging to the Phnong indigenous ethnic group, accepted compensation and moved from their village to a government-designated resettlement site some 20km away. As the US$816 million project neared completion, the school and pagoda at Kbal Romeas village, in Stung Treng province, were closed and the road providing access was no longer maintained. Thirty-five-year-old Neang refused to budge, however, and she, three of her four children (one child having moved away with her estranged spouse) and her mother remained. More than 200 members of 58 other Phnong families did the same. read more http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/2150791/chinese-backed-hydroelectric-dam-robs-cambodian
  7. PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — An Australian filmmaker charged with endangering Cambodian national security for flying a drone over a campaign rally had his trial postponed for a month on Friday after already spending a year in jail. James Ricketson, 69, looked frail as he was led into Phnom Penh Municipal Court to face the charge of collecting information prejudicial to national defense, for which he could be imprisoned for five to 10 years. The charge is tantamount to one of espionage. “I’m hoping that I’ll find out today which country I’m spying for,” he shouted defiantly to reporters as he was led, in shackles and an orange prison uniform, from a truck into the court house. “I haven’t been informed which country I am spying for, yet. I would love to know.” read more https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/start-of-cambodian-trial-of-australian-filmmaker-delayed/2018/06/15/d494f8e2-7065-11e8-b4d8-eaf78d4c544c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c689852ab344
  8. After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do so. Bun Heang is the deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit (BGU). The US sanctions against him include denying a visa and freezing any assets he has there. The US Treasury cited Bun Heang’s role as a commander of a “Cambodian unit that engaged in a series of human rights abuses” as among the reasons he was a target of sanctions. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bun-heang-mocks-us-threatens-its-citizens-scathing-open-letter? -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 15/06
  9. A 28-year-old Venezuelan woman was jailed for 30 years yesterday after being convicted of bringing nearly three kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia. Tourist Mejias Neilin Coromoto was arrested in February last year by Interior Ministry anti-drug police in collaboration with custom and excise and immigration police at Phnom Penh International Airport. She was charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court with drug trafficking and could have been jailed for life. Presiding Judge Theam Chanpiseth instead sentenced her to 30 years. “She is sentenced to 30 years in prison,” the judge said. “The court has also fined her 20 million riel ($5,000) to be put into the state’s budget.” Deputy prosecutor Long Cheap said Ms Coromoto was not a drug ringleader. She was hired by a Nigerian suspect named Jonatun, who is still at large, to bring the cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50501336/venezuelan-drug-runner-gets-30-years-2/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 15/06
  10. PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's government has told schools across the country to stop converting war-era ordnance into school bells to prevent possible explosions. Nearly three decades of civil war and US bombing starting in the 1960s left Cambodia one of the most heavily bombed and mined countries in the world. Turning bombs or shells into bells was a widespread practice immediately after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, when Cambodia's education system was destroyed and teachers used any material available. read more: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodian-schools-told-to-stop-improvising-bells-from-war-era-bombs--10428776
  11. Australian filmmaker James Ricketson will stand trial this Friday, facing espionage charges that carry a possible 10-year prison sentence. Key points: Mr Ricketson says he will request the trial be postponed until he's "had an opportunity to formulate a defence" Mr Ricketson is currently in the prison's infirmary He's denied the espionage accusation and says he still has not been told who he is meant to have been spying for read more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-12/james-ricketson-trial-date-set-for-friday-in-cambodia/9861386
  12. Cambodia on Monday asked Thai authorities to intervene to halt sales of Thai rice products that use Angkor Wat in their branding. Rice packages exported from Thailand were recently seen for sale in Montreal, Canada, with a logo in the form of the ancient temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s national symbol. The issue has angered Cambodian consumers and producers, who say it is disrespectful to use the national symbol of Cambodia to promote products from third countries, and that the practice has the potential to hurt sales for Cambodian companies. On Monday, Cambodian Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak asked Panyarak Poolthup, the Thai Ambassador, to take “strict” measures to stop Thai companies from using Angkor Wat in any type of branding, and to take any Thai products that feature Angkor Wat in their package off the market, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce. “In response, the Thai Ambassador said Thailand will cooperate with Canadian authorities and relevant stakeholders to prevent the exportation of rice products that have images of Angkor Wat in the package,” the statement said. Song Saran, CEO of Amru Rice, said it was important to take action in the matter, and urged the Cambodian and Thai governments to work together to locate the company that created the Angkor Wat-branded products. https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50500140/thailand-asked-to-intervene-in-angkor-wat-branding-case/
  13. When Seng Malai's second son began showing symptoms of a hereditary disorder, she thought she was cursed. Key points: Haemophilia affects 1 in 5,000 males globally Before Ms Devenish's work, Cambodia lacked facilities for blood disorders More than 1,000 children are now being treated country-wide Haemophilia had already claimed the lives of her first son at just 3 months old and her younger brother at 12. Sokmao's joints would swell to crippling levels, leaving him bedridden in their tiny rural home, unable to attend school. Small cuts would bleed endlessly. Cleaning his teeth would often cause his gums to bleed for days. read more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-02/the-aussie-women-saving-lives-in-cambodia/9809388
  14. After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty of Cambodia”. Called the Cambodian Democracy Act of 2018, HR5754, and introduced on Thursday, the legislation would freeze assets, restrict all financial transactions with the US, and deny entry into the US all senior Cambodian government, military and security officials who US President Donald Trump determines have “directly and substantially undermined democracy in Cambodia”. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-us-bill-violation-cambodian-independence -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 22/05
  15. A Frenchman went on trial yesterday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly breaching the trademark of a company he had been working for in 2011. Pich Vicheathor, municipal court judge, said yesterday that Thomas Herbaut, 45, former vice president of Smile Dragon Asia, was charged with trademark infringement. According to the judge, the municipal court found the suspect and his partner, Bruno Dubigeon, 47, former president of Smile Dragon Asia, guilty and sentenced both men in absentia last year while both men were at large. The court then issued warrants for their arrest. On Saturday, Mr Herbaut was arrested by police in Phnom Penh and requested a retrial. Tim Sopheap, lawyer for Smile Mini Mart, said that both suspects were originally shareholders in the company she represents, an umbrella company that was founded in 2011 to operate mini marts across the capital. She said that while working for the company, Mr Dubigeon and Mr Herbaut formed Smile Dragon Asia to be in direct competition with Smile Mini Mart. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50492064/frenchman-on-trial-over-trademark-infringement/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 22/05