Facebook insults spark legal threat

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Officials from the Council of Ministers have warned Facebook users they will face legal action if they insult the memory of the late Sok An.
 
Spokesman Phay Siphan yesterday announced that the Council of Ministers will file a legal complaint against a Facebook user called Vanna Hay, who insulted Mr. Sok An online.
 
“After completing the funeral of Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An, I will take legal action against an individual named Vanna Hay, who has publicly insulted him,” he said. 
 
“Anyone who knows this person is asked to provide information on them to me.” 
 
He added that Vanna Hay had not only insulted people who were grieving in the country, but also dignitaries from abroad who expressed their condolences for the loss of the Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Council of Ministers.
 
Mr. Siphan said: “Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An was not only a great asset to Cambodia, but also the world. This individual’s attack offends our dignity, culture and traditions, therefore a legal approach is the only way to redress this.” 
 
Facebook user Vanna Hay responded, threatening counter legal action. 
 
“Let’s see if they take legal action against me. I will do the same and accuse them of insulting and lying about me, in Cambodia and Japan if possible.”
 
King Norodom Sihamoni bestowed the royal title “Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An” on Mr. Sok An shortly before his death last Wednesday as recognition of his many years of service to the country. 

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