The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Appeal Court’s verdict that sentenced former opposition leader Sam Rainsy to 20 months in jail for defamation and incitement for accusing the ruling CPP of murdering political analyst Kem Ley.
Presiding judge Kim Sathavy said that the Supreme Court rejected Mr Rainsy’s appealing and upheld the Appeal Court’s verdict on August 11, 2017.
In August last year, the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s sentencing Mr Rainsy to the 20-month term and a fine of 10 million riel, or about $2,500, in addition to a symbolic request from Prime Minister Hun Sen for compensation of 100 riel.
Ms Sathavy said the Supreme Court believed that the decision by the two courts were correct.
In July 2016, Mr Ley was shot dead at a Caltex petrol station in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district. The case stemmed from repeated claim by Mr. Rainsy that Mr Ley’s point-blank shooting in a Caltex gas station was “an act of state-sponsored terrorism.”
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