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២៧-មេសា-២០១២៖ សពលោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី ដែលគ្រួសារដឹកចេញពីខេត្តកោះកុង ឆ្ពោះមក ស្រុក កំណើត។ សាចញាតិសពបានឱ្យដឹងនៅវេលាម៉ោង ៦ ល្ងាចថ្ងៃទី ២៧ ខែមេសានេះថា រថយន្តដឹកសពកំពុងធ្វើដំណើរបានពាក់កណ្ដាលផ្លូវហើយ។
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The Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced People’s Alliance for Democracy co-leader Sondhi Limthongkul, to 20 years in jail without parole for violating the Securities and Exchange Act, reports said.
Sondhi, a 64-year-old media mogul and a leader of the yellow shirt movement, was found guilty of verifying false documents, allowing Manager Media Group, a company in which he was one of the board members and held some shares, to seek loans amounting to 1.07 billion baht from Krung Thai Bank during 1996 and 1997.
The court found him guilty on 17 counts. On each count he was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
His 85-year jail term was halved to 42 years and six months because he confessed to the charges.
His jail term was further reduced because the law carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
After the verdict was delivered, Sondhi went to the court basement, waiting to apply for bail.
By Kristin Lynch, the Phnom Penh Post 27 April 2012
For three hours yesterday at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, Ieng Sary defence counsel Michael Karnavas meticulously dissected more than three days’ worth of testimony by Saloth Ban, attempting to prove that Pol Pot’s nephew was speculating and consequently deal a blow to the strength of his testimony.
Earlier in the week, Saloth Ban, the former secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, testified that Ieng Sary, the ministry’s deputy prime minister, was the “real boss” and held “complete responsibility”, but yesterday, Karnavas attempted to disprove such claims, focusing on the role that Chhim Sam Aok, alias Pang, played in the regime.
Pang was the chairman of government office S-71, one of the two highest-level offices within the regime.
Saloth Ban’s responses to Karnavas’ interrogation painted a picture of a leader with “influence in every ministry”, who reported to no one and “could take people away as he pleased”.
Many Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel, Saloth Ban said, were removed by Pang or his “people” and taken to re-education centres or the notorious S-21 prison, with what seemed like little oversight or challenge.
“Ieng Sary told me that when Pang arrived, I was to do whatever Pang needed”, Saloth Ban testified.
“Did Pang ever explain to you on whose authorisation he was requesting these people to be transferred out of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?” Karnavas asked.
“No, he didn’t explain to me, and I did not ask him,” Saloth Ban replied.
Through a repetitive line of questioning, Karnavas attempted to demonstrate that Saloth Ban had limited first-hand knowledge about the inner workings of the regime and its decision-making process and had been making statements about such matters based on personal conclusion.
Earlier in the week, Saloth Ban had said that Pol Pot never acted alone when making decisions.
To contac the reporter on this story: Kristin Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org
the Phnom Penh Post,27 April 2012
The wife of slain environmental activist Chut Wutty today rejected early police accounts of the circumstances around his shooting death, saying she believed he had been targeted for death for his work in protecting Cambodia’s endangered forests.
Speaking to the Post by phone, 40-year-old Sam Chanthy, said that her husband had been at the exact site of his death in Koh Kong province little more than a month ago, where he had been in conflict with military police officers as he attempted to examine a cache of illegally logged timber.
“I think there were third persons involved with my husband’s killing. They prepared a plot to kill him because his work was affecting their interests.
“Those people were not happy with my husband and his work …so they planned to kill him when he went there again,” she said, referring to Veal Bei Point in Mondul Seima district’s Bak Khlang commune.
In Kong Chit, Koh Kong-based coordinator for rights group Licahdo, said that according to a copy of the police report he had seen, military police officer In Rattana shot Chut Wutty, then committed suicide by shooting himself twice with his own AK-47 rifle, first in the stomach and then the chest.
“I think this report is unbelievable. We will continue to investigate and research about it,” he said.
According to the report, when Chut Wutty attempted to drive away after refusing to turn over his camera’s memory card, In Rattana fired a single bullet, which entered the activist’s body at the knee and traveled upward into his stomach, killing him instantly.
While police say a gun was found in Chut Wutty’s possession, there was no indication it had been fired.
Thong Narong, commander of the Koh Kong provincial military police, refused to divulge details of the emerging police narrative of events, but confirmed to the Post that a medical examination had revealed a single AK-47 bullet had struck Chut Wutty in the knee, while In Rattana was wounded in the stomach and chest.
Two Cambodia Daily journalists who had accompanied Chut Wutty on the trip, Phorn Bopha and Olesia Plokhii, were released this morning following police questioning, he added.
Speaking to the Post, Phorn Bopha said that she and her colleague had been released at 9:30 a.m.
“I am safe and was not wounded,” she said by telephone. “We now are traveling back to Phnom Penh.”
Chut Wutty’s family, meanwhile, claimed his body in Koh Kong today and said that it will arrive at his birthplace – Svay Meash village, in Ksach Kandal district’s Vihear Sour commune – at about 7:30 this evening.
“I am still in shock that my husband was killed. His death is a big loss in my family and also the loss of a valuable and great person in Cambodia,” Sam Chanthy said. “To find truth and justice for my husband, I would like to ask the concerned authorities and human rights groups…especially Prime Minister Hun Sen, to take action and arrest the persons who were involved or behind my husband’s killing.”
A funeral service is planned for Sunday.
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev were set Friday to host a top Chinese official who is tipped to become premier amid transitions of power in both countries.
Putin, who will return to the Kremlin for a historic third term on May 7, and Medvedev, set to become premier in a job swap with his mentor, will host Vice Prime Minister Li Keqiang for political and economic talks, officials said.
“Political changes in China and Russia do not have any effect whatsoever on bilateral ties,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP. He declined to go into specifics of the upcoming talks.
Russia, the world’s largest energy producer, and China, the world’s largest energy consumer, set much store by their bilateral ties.
Putin has paid frequent visits to China in his capacity as president and prime minister since he took power in 1999.
His first trip abroad since he announced his Kremlin comeback was to China last October.
Putin’s next China visit is set for June, one of his first foreign trips upon reclaiming his old presidential job, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday.
“During the talks the sides are planning to exchange opinions on the pressing issues of the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership,” the Kremlin said in a statement, using the phrase it reserves for close friends and allies.
The Kommersant broadsheet reported in February that Putin had earlier refused to host Li due to his busy agenda ahead of parliamentary and presidential polls, putting a strain on bilateral ties.
The newspaper, citing sources in the Russian-Chinese inter-governmental commission, the Russian foreign ministry and the government, said Li had wanted to visit Russia in February ahead of his expected replacement of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
The newspaper said Li was forced to postpone the visit when the Russian government indicated that Putin would not be available to host him due to his busy agenda.
Putin’s spokesman Peskov declined to confirm the report on Friday.
A new generation of leaders must take over the reins of power in China within a year.
President Hu Jintao will end his second five-year term as party head this year, while Li is expected to take over from Wen, who will resign in 2013.
PHNOM PENH, April 27 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng and his Thai counterpart Yongyuth Wichaidit on Friday afternoon signed a minute, agreeing to intensify bilateral cooperation in all fields for the interests of respective countries and peoples.
The signing ceremony was made after the two ministers co- chaired the fourth meeting of governors of Cambodian and Thai border provinces, which was attended by governors of eight Cambodian border provinces and seven Thai border province chiefs.
According to the signed minute, the two ministers expressed their sincere desires to further strengthen the previous close cooperation and friendly relations, saying that the visit of Yongyuth Wichaidit in Cambodia marked a new phase in strengthening the close and warm relationship between the two nations.
It added that both sides also expressed their firm commitments for the effective management of border crossing and agreed to promote cooperation for the prevention and suppression of all illegal activities along the border areas, especially related to transnational crimes including terrorism, drugs trafficking, human trafficking, act of piracy, smuggling of antiques and illegal weapons, money laundering, international and regional economic crimes and cyber crimes.
In order to promote the quality of life of the people living along the border area of both countries, and to boost the bilateral trade volume, the meeting agreed to facilitate the exchange of goods and agricultural products of the people along the border areas through considering the establishment of new market at appropriate border areas of each country.
The two sides also agreed to address the issue of illegal crossing of border with mutual understanding in accordance with the internationally recognized principles and practice and each country’s law and regulations.
“Our focus of cooperation is on border security, border crossing, and trade for the better living for both sides’ peoples along the border,” Sar Kheng told reporters after the meeting. “I hope that the meeting will bring progress in the bilateral relations.”
The two ministers agreed that the next meeting will be held in Thailand in 2013.
PHNOM PENH, April 27 (Xinhua) — The fourth meeting of governors of Cambodian and Thai border provinces kicked off here on Friday in a bid to improve bilateral relations and cooperation between the governments and peoples along the border.
The one-day meeting was co-chaired by Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng and his Thai counterpart Yongyuth Wichaidit, and was attended by seven border governors from each side.
“The meeting is very important to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries’ border provincial authorities towards setting up a border of peace and development in all fields,” Sar Kheng said in his opening remarks. “It will help better the contact between the two sides in terms of both border authorities and peoples.”
The minister added that the meeting would focus on facilitating the cross-border trade and peoples, and strengthen measures to prevent and suppress all types of cross-border crimes and offences.
Border governors from both countries would also discuss ways to accelerate the cooperation on economics, society, health, education, cultural exchange, tourism and sports, Sar said.
At the end of the meeting, there will be a signing ceremony on the meeting minute for continual cooperation for border provinces.
The third meeting of governors of Cambodian and Thai border provinces was held in Phuket, Thailand in July 2006.