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Questioning of Six Lake Residents Postponed

A photo taken from a Reuters video shows villagers throwing stones at excavators brought in to demolish homes at Phnom Penh's Boeng Kak lake on Friday, September 16, 2011.

Around 200 residents of the embattled Boeung Kak lake neighborhood gathered outside Phnom Penh court on Friday, but the court postponed the questioning of six representatives in a defamation suit.

No new date was set for questioning. Some residents say they have not been given parcels of land they were promised as a compromise in a longstanding land dispute with a development company at the lake. Less than 100 families were given parcels of land on 12 hectares of the 133-hectare development site, leaving 700 families without.

The six representatives are being sued by another former community representative for defamation and insult.

Tep Vanny, a community leader and one of the defendants in the suit, said she was not happy with the postponement. “Because we’ve suffered too much with the development of Boeung Kak,” she said.