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CNRP election candidate summoned to court

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CNRP candidate Sin Chanpeourozet. SUPPLIED

Battambang Provincial Court has summoned a popular CNRP candidate for questioning as she campaigns for the commune elections.
Deputy prosecutor Pong Chansoyutheara said yesterday he had summoned Sin Chanpeourozet for questioning over a January land dispute, because she contravened an earlier court order requesting her presence.
“I have summoned her to appear on May 23 to clarify her dispute with the court,” Mr Chansoyutheara said. “The court will implement things according to the law.”
Ms Chanpeourozet said she was first asked to appear on April 18, but was busy working on her commune election campaign.
“I am a commune election candidate for O’Char commune in Battambang district. This will threaten my image with the people in O’Char commune,” she said.
Despite this, the CNRP candidate said she doubted the summons would affect voters’ perception of her, because many already knew who she was, having been a commune chief in the past.
She said the land dispute related to an incident on January 16, when she went to observe 50 people protesting in front of the O’Char commune office.
They were protesting after authorities went to implement a court decision ruling that land intended for a kindergarten would be handed over to provincial police officer Sao Buntith instead.
The Battambang Provincial Court made the ruling last year.
“People in the commune had allocated the land for a kindergarten to be constructed for children,” she said. “I will go and clarify with the court on May 23. I will ask the court to handle this case fairly and with justice.”
Yin Mengly, Battambang provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, questioned why the court was pursuing Ms Chanpeourozet. He urged the court to avoid taking any politically-motivated action.

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