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Assembly okays land, gambling, crime draft laws

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Assembly okays land, gambling, crime draft laws

The National Assembly standing committee approved three draft laws on Thursday to be submitted to the expert commissions for review.

The National Assembly’s Commission for Economy, Finance, Banking and Audit will review and study two draft laws – the Control, Use and Management of State Property; and Management of Commercial Gambling.

Another draft law before the Commission for Legislation and Justice is on the adoption of treaties between Cambodia and South Korea involving assistance for criminal justice.

National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

The draft on State property control was written to strengthen legal frameworks, structures of institutions and boost the capacity of institutions in managing State property.

It is meant to better clarify the definition of State assets and reduce the risk of collusion and private overlap of ownership, according to backers. It was sent to the Council of Ministers in early July.

The definition of State property includes land, underground, mountains, seas, sea floors, beaches, skies, islands, rivers, creeks, lakes, forests, natural resources, economic and cultural centres, defence bases of the country and other such constructions.

The draft on the management of commercial gambling is designed to control the casino sector and other commercial gambling strictly and effectively.

The law determines areas where gambling will be allowed or commercial gambling disallowed.

It strengthens the capacity of institutions and regulatory controls of commercial gambling operations. The law also introduces stricter measures against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin told The Post on Thursday that the draft law on criminal sector assistance between Cambodia and South Korea is one that Cambodia has made with other friendly countries to stop transnational crimes.

“In general, the countries agree to assist each other in criminal law enforcement, including the handing over of convicts, and exchanging intelligence and documents in legal proceedings,” he said.

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