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Top judicial body agrees reshuffle

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King Norodom Sihamoni. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Supreme Council of Magistracy, the country’s highest judicial body, yesterday held an annual meeting attended by King Norodom Sihamoni in which a number of transfers, appointments and disciplinary actions were approved.

Sam Pracheameanith, council spokesman, said in a press release issued after the meeting that 12 judges and five prosecutors were disciplined. When contacted by phone, he declined to identify the judges or prosecutors disciplined, what action was taken against them or for what reason.

The press release noted a number of appointments and transfers.

Sok Kalyan, director of Prey Veng Provincial Court, was transferred to be director of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court, and Mong Monychakrya, director of Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court was transferred to Prey Veng.

“The Supreme Council of Magistracy also decided to appoint two deputy directors of Phnom Penh Municipal Court and appoint one deputy director of Kandal provincial court,” Mr Pracheameanith said in the press release.

A prosecutor for the Court of Appeal was also appointed, and five deputy prosecutors of Phnom Penh Municipal Court and some provincial courts were transferred.

Hy Sophea, secretary of state at the Justice Ministry, was appointed to the Constitutional Council and In Bopha, a judge with Prey Veng Provincial Court, was appointed as director of the Royal School of Clerks at the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions.

Two Supreme Court judges, Iv Kim Srey and Chum Samban, due for retirement also had their employment extended.

The law grants the council permission to re-employ judges and prosecutors at the Supreme Court who are over the age of 65-years-old based on individual assessments.

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