Two in court over theft of farm lands

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Two farmers were yesterday tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for encroaching upon a tycoon’s land on the outskirts of the city in Prek Phnov district.

Judge Ros Piseth identified the accused as Nou Sokkhim, 67, and Sambak Phal, 54.

Judge Piseth said they were sued on September 25 by Okhna Suy Siphan, a property businesswoman living in Phnom Penh.

Judge Piseth said that in 2015, the two accused encroached onto the tycoon’s land by 25 metres.

In July, representatives of Ms Siphan’s discovered the encroachment and demanded the farmers remove fences they had built, but the accused denied the allegations and threatened violence if their fences were taken down.

At yesterday’s trial, the two accused again denied the allegations and claimed it was their land that had been encroached upon and that they built the fences along the original border lines to keep their land safe.

“Although I am old and poor, I did not even want an inch of her land, just my own land,” said Mr Sokkhim. “I did not commit any wrong doing as she accused. I would like to ask the court to drop the charge.”

Ms Siphan did not attend the hearing yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

The verdict is due on December 19.

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