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Allegations that lawyers must pay huge bribes denied.

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:03 pm
by CEOCambodiaNews
Bar association denies allegations of bribery
Tue, 20 September 2016
Andrew Nachemson and Bun Sengkong
[Excerpts]
Bun Honn, the president of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC), yesterday denied allegations of corruption at the legal body, and accused a local newspaper of fabricating a story suggesting it took bribes.

On Sunday, Koh Santepheap published an article in which journalist Mom Vann wrote that lawyers who want to register with the BAKC must pay a bribe of $10,000 to $50,000. The article claimed that applicants who did not pay were systematically ignored for months or even years.

[However,] allegations of extravagant bribes to the BAKC are well-known to law students. Four students interviewed at the Royal University of Law and Economics yesterday all said they had heard bribes were required, and were concerned at the implications of having to pay such an exorbitant fee. Three of the four said they had heard independently that the bribe was $10,000 to $50,000, the same figure cited by Vann.

The allegations against the BAKC follow last year’s publication of a damning report on Cambodia’s legal system by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

“We have seen a lot of corruption in other countries, but nothing on the endemic level that appears to be going on here,” Phillip Tahmindjis, director of IBAHRI, said at the time.

Full article: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/b ... ns-bribery