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National Assembly approves new law allowing judges to impose civil penalties; SRP opposes this law

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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Everyday.com.kh
Translated from Khmer by Socheata

On 27 February, the National Assembly (NA) debated and approved the draft law for imposing civil penalties which include 4 sections and 7 articles. Hy Sophea, the secretary of state for the ministry of justice, who was at the NA to defend this law, said that to guarantee the application of the civil code and the procedural rule, there must be civil penalties. He explained that the civil penalties include, for example, penalties imposed on parents who do not register the birth of their children, or penalties imposed on individuals who divide inheritance in contradiction to the restrictions prescribed by the civil code. Furthermore, civil penalties will be imposed on witnesses or parties who have given false testimony, or individuals who refused to abide by the court order to turn over documents to the court, and they will also be imposed on those who argue against the correct preparation of documents as stipulated by the civil code. The NA adopted the law by an approval vote of 69 over a total of 78.
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KI-Media Note: The Cambodia Daily reported that the SRP objected to the law, saying that it would give too much authority to judges who are still influenced by outside political influence. Furthermore, the SRP believed that the law would come too hard of ordinary citizens, while leaving corrupt officials to continue their infractions. Yim Sovann’s speech was cut off short by Heng Samrin who told him to stop talking if he does not support the law
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Written by Kolbot Khmer

February 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

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