Recently ousted members of the royalist Funcinpec party filed a lawsuit yesterday demanding their membership be reinstated.
Kim Ravy, working group leader of Funcinpec in Siem Reap province and personal adviser to party president Prince Norodom Ranariddh, said he and other sacked colleagues filed a complaint to Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.
“We demanded the court to issue an injunction to reinstate our party memberships because it was an injustice for us,” he said.
Mr Ravy said he had endured years of struggle within the party and spent tens of thousands of dollars of his own money only to be fired from the party.
“We want justice because we have not made any mistakes,” he said. “We struggled for many years without any encouragement but advantages were provided to other people.”
Y Rin, chief secretariat of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, confirmed the court received their complaint yesterday and would process the case as soon as possible.
“The court is reviewing that case,” he said.
Last month, seven people were stripped of their party membership without explanation including deputy secretary-general Seng Haksrun, Nop Phon, Meach Samroul, Pheap Pheach, Kan Vuthy, Suong Phally and Mr Ravy.
Their dismissals came after an intra-party conflict that centred on a petition to fire deputy party president Por Bun Sreu and secretary-general Yim Savy.
Action was taken after the petition went public. Addressed to Prince Ranariddh, it accused the two of nepotism and an inability to lead the party.
Funcinpec party spokesman Nhep Bunchin said Prince Ranariddh stripped their membership because they had broken the party’s internal rules and compromised the party’s reputation. Mr Bun Sreu, Mr Savy and Mr Bunchin could not be reached for comment yesterday.