Local authorities on Tuesday denied claims by rights group Adhoc that they had helped Keat Kolney, sister of former Finance Minister Keat Chhon, buy farmland from about 50 ethnic Jarai families in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadaw district. Adhoc workers and villagers said Monday that a middleman named Khin Sophal, cadastral chief of O’Yadaw district, had acted as an intermediary for Ms. Kolney, who has been locked in a legal battle over land with other Jarai families in the area for years. “No the land is not for Keat Kolney,” Mr. Sophal said. “I am selling it to someone else”
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