Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday met with the president of the Cambodian Bar Association and agreed to four suggestions made to help improve the administration of justice.
Suon Visal, president of the association, suggested the creation of a criminal code training course for police officers; strengthened coordination between the association and judicial police to improve lawyers’ access to clients after their arrests; improved cooperation between the association and prison officials to ease access to clients; and strengthened support for association lawyers who represent poor defendants free of charge. “We requested that Sar Kheng help train police officials on some law sections and procedures,” Mr Visal said after the meeting. “We hope that we will continue the good cooperation between the bar association and police on these issues.”
Phat Sophanith, cabinet officer for Mr Kheng, said the minister welcomed the suggestions and admired the association’s willingness to help train police officers.
“He is happy that the association will help our police officers understand the procedures of law better,” said Mr Sophanith.
Mr Sophanith added that Mr Kheng also suggested a second meeting to discuss the issues with officials from police services present.