Police say they now consider the enacted hostage crisis in Kampong Cham province Wednesday a hoax, masterminded by an employee of a local bank who was in debt and wanted to rob his own bank. (VOA Khmer Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.)
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has launched a public campaign to put pressure on authorities to release Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando from prison. The campaign includes a “justice calendar,” which tracks the number of days he has been in jail, and a postcard design competition for the jailed radio broadcaster. Mam Sonando has been in jail since his arrest in July, on charges he helped foment a secessionist group in Kratie province. Rights workers have said he was arrested after criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen. VOA Khmer Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
As US government attorneys continue to seek the return of a Khmer statue to Cambodia from the noted auction house Sotheby’s, court documents say a second statue, which is held at the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, Calif., was stolen in the 1970s. Chheang Sophinarath reports from Pasadena.
"A River Changes Course," a documentary about the lives of three Cambodians suffering under the rapid development of their country, is now screening at the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. VOA's Men Kimseng talked to filmmaker Kalyanee Mam via Skype from the festival.