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New Opposition Commune Chief Faces Court Over Land Dispute

An opposition party activist in Bantey Meanchey province said Monday he fears for his life, after the court summoned him for his involvement in a land dispute.

Math Yuy, recently elected chief for the Sam Rainsy Party, said he was worried about his safety because he led a group of people to build huts on a piece of land in order to prevent a land grab. He said he needs a lawyer.

Former commune chief Khin Soh said he told the villagers not to build huts, but they did not listen.