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Amendment handed to Assembly

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King Norodom Sihamoni. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Assembly yesterday began studying four draft laws prior to requesting a plenary session to invoke the amendments, which include Penal Code changes to punish those who insult the King.

Anyone who insults the King will face from one to five years in jail and a fine from $500 to $12,500 if the amendment is passed.

The creation of laws against insulting the King follow comments made by former deputy prime minister Lu Lay Sreng last year, who compared the King to a castrated rooster and was charged with defamation.

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said this week that in Thailand, anyone who insults the King faces three to 15 years in jail and such penalties should also exist in Cambodia.

Spokesman for the National Assembly Chheang Vun said the amendments were passed onto the expert commission by the standing committee for review before a plenary session is scheduled to vote on the drafts.

“In general, the expert commission’s checks and studies take one or two weeks, depending on each law.

“After the commission finishes their studies, they will submit a report to the standing committee of the National Assembly, and the standing committee will request to prepare the agenda for the plenary session,” he said.

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