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A Cambodian court says it will free two land grabber suspects whom it detains for two days, say opposition party officials and local people.

Kampong Cham province court officials' comments were made after residents gather in front of the provincial court building Friday morning asking for the release of two villagers who they claimed were detained unfairly.

Mr. Taing Heng and Mr. Hor Nguon Leng were arrested by local authorities Wednesday and sent to the court on state land grabbing charges.

Opposition Sam Rainsy party (SRP) lawmaker Mao Monivan who participates in the complaints says that court officials promise to release the two detainees, and that they did nothing wrong. He says that the arrests are against Prime Minister Hun Sen's order not to detain people on charges of land conflict.

In another development, the opposition party asks the people to go and get the election information cards from the communal council or village chiefs to verify the correct information for 2007 election.

In another development, Oknha (wealthy businessman) San Than who was kidnapped by a group of masked men is released Friday with a ransom of nearly $100,000, say Battambang province officials and his family.

In another development, Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, a coalition of 21 NGOs, appeals for dropping charges against 3 jailed workers at Yen Yu In factory because of a strike.