Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court questioned four Lor Peang villagers over attempted murder accusation

Villagers from the Lor Peang community submit a petition at Ministry of Interior to approve Boeng Pur lake as a protected site. The ministry rejected their petition and referred them to the Ministry of Environment. Photo taken on September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court on Wednesday questioned four land activists over a complaint of attempted murder and intentional damage after the group allegedly used knives to damage fishing nets in Kampong Tralach district’s Taches commune when the plaintiff went fishing in a part of the lake they considered to be a protected site. The activists maintain part of the lake, Boeng Pur, is a protected site, though local authorities disagree.

Three longtime Kampong Chhnang activists summoned to questioning in attempted murder case

Lor Peang villagers block part of Boeng Pur to store water in 2020. Supplied

Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court summoned three land activists for questioning over accusations of attempted murder and intentional damage after the group allegedly used knives to damage fishing nets in Kampong Tralach district’s Taches commune. The activists maintain part of the lake, Boeng Pur, is a protected site, though local authorities disagree.