Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy with inciting the military to rebel against the government.
Suso Vicheanrandy, deputy secretary administrator of the court, said deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok charged Mr Rainsy in absentia with demoralisation of the army and inciting military personnel to disobey orders.
“The case has already been sent to the investigative judge,” Mr Vichearandy said.
On December 7, the Royal Cambodian Armed Force’s lawyer Vong Pheakdey filed a lawsuit against Mr Rainsy for treason after he called on the armed forces to disobey orders if they were ordered to shoot civilians.
Mr Rainsy, who lives in exile in France, posted the following on his Facebook page: “To soldiers and policemen, please don’t obey orders from any dictator if they order you to shoot and kill innocent people.”
Mr Rainsy’s lawyer Sam Sokong said his client and he did not accept the charges.
“We cannot accept the charges because they don’t have sufficient evidence against him,” he said.
Mr Sokong said the team of defence lawyers was searching for evidence to submit to the investigate judge to exonerate Mr Rainsy.
Mr Pheakdey declined to comment pending the court’s decision.