Cambodia has 2.3 million hectares of land under concessions, a new report by the rights group Adhoc says.
Chhouk Bandith was questioned by the provincial court last week but walked away without being held.
At least 12 Cambodians were reported dead in Malaysia in 2011, nine of them housemaids and three of them factory workers.
Rights groups and opposition party officials say the practice rarely meets with success and is an indictment of a failed court system.
Environmental activists say he was a major impediment to stopping illegal logging in the province.
Criticism has been particularly harsh after a report was released last year by the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons.
A third victim dropped her complaint after receiving around $1,000.
They have demanded Phanimex build two more buildings to house ousted residents and pay compensation if around $1,000 per family.
Chhouk Bandith's deputy, Deb Saroeun, will replace him on Friday.
Deputy police chief Keo Kong and Huot Samay and commune chief of Chrak Matess denied they have been involved in negotiations.
Chhouk Bandith is accused of firing into a group of some 1,000 protesters who had gathered to demand higher wages.
Chhoung Chu Ngy is accused of helping a deputy commune chief for the Sam Rainsy Party, leave detention at the Kandal court last year.