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Cambodia court frees Russian tycoon wanted over alleged scam

A Cambodian court on Monday freed a Russian tycoon wanted by Moscow over allegations he embezzled tens of millions of dollars in a real estate scam, and suspended extradition proceedings against him, his lawyer said. Sergei Polonsky was detained in Cambodia in November on an island off the southwestern city of Sihanoukville after a request by the Russian government, which also sought his extradition.

Cambodia defends bloody protest crackdown

Cambodia on Wednesday defended its bloody crackdown on street protests in the face of growing international alarm, denouncing the rallies against strongman premier Hun Sen as violent and illegal. Anti-government demonstrations have been banned indefinitely after several striking workers were shot dead by police last week while dozens of others were injured. On Monday five land activists were detained temporarily as they tried to hold a rally.

U.N. wants inquiry into strikers' deaths in Cambodia

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights agency urged Cambodia to launch an investigation into the "disproportionate" use of force by security forces last week against garment factory workers striking over pay. Military police opened fire on workers protesting outside a factory in Phnom Penh on January 3 and a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said five people were killed, with 20 wounded by gunfire and beatings.

UN rights office alarmed by Cambodia crackdown

The United Nations' human rights office Tuesday said it was alarmed by Cambodia's crackdown on protests against strongman premier Hun Sen, and urged the authorities to show restraint. "We are following the situation in Cambodia with serious concern and are deeply alarmed by the disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officials in responding to demonstrations," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Cambodian opposition leader warns of another mass protest

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday his party will organize another mass protest in the not-so-distant future to demand a fresh election. "We will have opportunity to organize new mass protest," Sam Rainsy told reporters at the headquarters of his Cambodian National Rescue Party, adding that care must be taken to avoid violence. Starting Dec. 15, Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha led rallies for 21 consecutive days at the Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh, ending Saturday when authorities evicted the protesters.

Cambodia temporarily detains land activists

Five Cambodian land rights campaigners were detained for several hours Monday in the latest move by the government of strongman premier Hun Sen to suppress street protests, activists said. The women were pushed into a van as they prepared to stage a rally in front of the French embassy to call for the release of other imprisoned human rights defenders, witnesses said. They were freed without charge after about eight hours in custody but were warned to stop their protests, according to one of the activists.

Cambodian land activists arrested: rights group

Five Cambodian land activists were arrested Monday in the latest move by the authorities to suppress street protests against the government of strongman premier Hun Sen, a rights group said. The five woman were detained as they prepared to stage a rally in front of the French Embassy to call for the release of other imprisoned human rights defenders, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) said.

Cambodian court summons opposition leaders over protests

A Cambodian court on Saturday issued summons to two leaders of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party for questioning over recent protests that turned violent. According to the summons, Sam Rainsy, president of the CNRP, and his deputy Kem Sokha are to separately appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Jan. 14. According to the summons, seen by Kyodo News, both are to be questioned on "incitement to a criminal act or committing an act that leads to serious chaos which affects social security."

Cambodian court summons opposition leaders over protests

A Cambodian court on Saturday issued summons to two leaders of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party for questioning over recent protests that turned violent. According to the summons, Sam Rainsy, president of the CNRP, and his deputy Kem Sokha are to separately appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Jan. 14. According to the summons, seen by Kyodo News, both are to be questioned on "incitement to a criminal act or committing an act that leads to serious chaos which affects social security."

Cambodian anti-gov't protestors evicted from park

Protestors who have been staging anti-government demonstrations in a park in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for the past three weeks were evicted by the authorities on Saturday but no violence was reported. Long Dimanche, spokesman of the Phnom Penh Municipality, told Kyodo News that the authorities had requested all the protesters to leave Freedom Park at around 11 a.m.
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