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Official reacts to SCC judicial reform report

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The Ministry of Justice has reacted to a recent report by the Supreme Consultative Council over the outcome of a discussion on Friday regarding judicial reforms in the Kingdom.

On Saturday, the SCC published a report criticising Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin, who was present during the meeting.

In the report, SCC members said Mr Malin lectured them on legal theory and practice, instead of delivering thorough explanations. They said the discussion last week offered no chances in bringing up input regarding judicial reforms and social justice.

In a statement published on Monday, Mr Malin said the SCC report is partly wrong and biased, noting that the report has caused public misinterpretations.

He said yesterday that during the meeting on Friday, SCC members raised inquiries that were too broad. Mr Malin said some questions regarding corruption allegations did not fall under the jurisdiction of the Justice Ministry.

“The ministry’s delegation tried to respond to doubts raised by SCC members, but refused to comment on court procedures because the court is an independent body. The ministry also required time to conduct a study on some of the cases that were brought up,” Mr Malin said. “ SCC members did not understand this and asked the ministry to intervene in cases. Perhaps they lack understanding on the responsibility of the ministry. The ministry will continue to welcome them in future meetings.”

SCC member Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung yesterday said the Justice Ministry should learn from mistakes and change its behaviour, instead of making excuses to hide problems.

“If Council members reported wrongly about the discussion, then the ministry can file a complaint with Prime Minister Hun Sen and obtain the tape recording [of the meeting] to verify and investigate the facts,” Mr Vathana Sabung said.

Pich Sros, another SCC member, said the ministry was trying to downplay the findings brought upon by the SCC.

“I raised five questions in total to the ministry official that day, but he said it’s related to corruption,” Mr Sros said. “He blamed it on the Anti-Corruption Unit instead of answering the questions or suggesting what actions should be taken.”

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