Former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s daughter has appealed to the public and to former members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to stop defaming her father after Mr Sokha denied he would join the Cambodia National Rescue Movement created by Sam Rainsy.
Samathida Kem, the daughter of Mr Sokha, the former president of the CNRP who has been held in jail since September on treason charges, said that on behalf of Mr Sokha’s family, she would like to emphasise that all her father’s decisions were his own.
She added that he never decides to do anything contrary to his will or out of fear for his safety.
“I would like to ask people to stop defaming my father, saying his decisions are because he is afraid for his safety,” she said.
“However, I would like to make this public right now so the public will not be confused anymore. My father has a strong mind and a philosophy that nobody can control.”
Mr Rainsy, the former president of the CNRP, recently made a post on his Facebook page saying that if you put yourself in Kem Sokha’s shoes you would understand that, regardless of his real feelings, he cannot express his support for or join the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM).
“It would be very dangerous for him to do so given the fact that he is in Hun Sen’s hands, while the CNRM’s declared objective is to bring an end to Hun Sen’s authoritarian rule,” he added.
“I appreciate the effort of Kem Sokha’s lawyer to confuse Hun Sen’s CPP so as to distract their attention away from our jailed president.”
Mr Sokha’s lawyer, Pheng Heng, told Khmer Times after meeting Mr Sokha in prison on Friday: “He [Mr Sokha] told me that he will not join or support any new movement.”