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KRP president slammed over land dispute criticism

Ben Sokhean and Mom Kunthear / Khmer Times Share:
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall has defended actions taken by Governor Yun Min. CEN

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall on Saturday issued a letter defending provincial Governor Yun Min against criticism from the Khmer Rise Party, which accused him mismanaging a land dispute in Prey Nop district.

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On Wednesday, Mr Min issued an instruction letter allowing lawyer Than Thavrak to build fences on disputed land in Koki village.

Mr Thavrak represents the wife of tycoon Siv Kong Triv, who is currently in a land dispute with residents of Koki village.

The letter said work on the fences could be suspended should there be an objection from other parties involved in the case.

Under the Facebook handle “William Guang”, KRP president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung on Saturday said Mr Min had undermined instructions made by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Yun Min’s letter was issued just one day before the Supreme Consultative Council meeting with Samdech Techo,” Mr Sovann Vathana Sabung said. “Samdech instructed Land Management Minister Chea Sophara to review this case so that those who are involved in occupying state land for their own personal gains can’t avoid prosecution.”

“I will draft a report and send it to Mr Hun Sen so action can be taken against this provincial governor,” he added.

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall then came to the defence of Mr Min, issuing a statement defending his work on the land dispute case.

The statement said Mr Min had no intention of going against Mr Hun Sen’s instructions, adding that Mr Sovann Vathana Sabung’s post could be considered incitement and was aimed at creating public confusion.

“He instigated and aimed to incite the public to misunderstand His Excellency Provincial Governor Yun Min,” it said. “The provincial administration is committed to protecting private and state properties.”

“We will strengthen law enforcement. We appeal to all people to respect state laws,” it added.

Mr Sovann Vathana Sabung yesterday said he will file his report to Mr Hun Sen today and added that the statement issued by the Provincial Hall was a mistake.

“It is a reflection of their actions and how they have no accountability,” he said. “They are avoiding their mistake.”

Last month, two people were injured and four were arrested during a land protest in Koki village after villagers threw petrol bombs at security forces carrying out a Supreme Court decision on behalf of Mr Kong Triv’s wife.

Four military police officers were then disciplined for misconduct, National Military police spokesman Brigadier General Eng Hy said.

Mr Hun Sen also sacked deputy provincial Governors Srun Sroan and Phay Bun Vannak on Friday over their roles in the violent crackdown.

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