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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) grants asylum to a former Sralanh Khmer newspaper editor, who was involved in a lawsuit with Prime Minister Hun Sen's nephew, according to an email sent to VOA Khmer Friday.

You Saravudh fled Cambodia followed his allegations pointed to Hun To, for wanting him killed. Hun Sen’s nephew was reported to be upset with an article published by the newspaper claiming his involvement in a land grabbing dispute case, in Mundulkiri province. The former editor will make his way to his newly adopted country, Norway, on March 22, 2007.***

Authorities at the Phnom Penh Samaki’s market stopped an official Friday for handing out leaflets. It was the second time that Sok Soti, a member of the opposition party, was stopped, and was later charged with unauthorized distributions.***

NGO Licadho Friday condemns a Battambang court for sentencing five (5) community activists, from six months up to one year in prison, on violence and property damage charges. They were also ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riel, which is approximately $250 dollars.***

Battambang authorities say they are getting closer to identifying a killer, who murdered the wife (Chea Sovin) of an opposition party activist (Pin Sareth), in Mong Russey town.***