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Five arrested over state land sale

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Five people are arrested for their involvement in the attempted sale of state-owned land in Krakor district. Fresh News

Authorities in Pursat province on Monday apprehended five people for their alleged involvement in an attempt to sell about 2,000 hectares of state-owned land on Facebook.

Cheng Lay, deputy Pursat governor, said yesterday the suspects allegedly posted an announcement for the sale of state land for $5,500 in Krakor district’s Tnort Chrum commune.

“We checked the plots of land and found that they have been converted by the government into social land concessions,” Lay said, adding that the land was allocated for impoverished veteran soldiers.

The five suspects were identified as Im Tith, 59; Im Chanthorn, 23; Chhit Virak, 23; Tiv Sochea, 49 and Ou Savy, 48, all of whom have been questioned at the provincial police headquarters.

Lay said 5,400 hectares of social land concession are set to be distributed to about 2,000 poor people and veteran soldiers.

He called on the public to refrain from purchasing or selling state-owned land, as well as to check with local authorities before making a transaction.

The Interior Ministry last week ordered all provincial governors to prevent encroachment on state-protected land to avoid land disputes.

It said local authorities must certify land titles or documents in accordance with the law. Otherwise, legal action will be taken.

The ministry also advised all levels of authorities to encourage the people to participate in preserving the environment, natural resources, and protecting the state-owned and community land.

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