The Supreme Court yesterday denied bail for political analyst Kim Sok while also shooting down his request to have Prime Minister Hun Sen summoned in the defamation lawsuit filed against him.
Mr Sok was arrested and jailed in February on defamation charges stemming from a complaint filed by the premier after the analyst allegedly made comments linking the ruling CPP to the murder of fellow political analyst Kem Ley.
Supreme Court Presiding Judge Kem Sothavy said yesterday during her verdict on the bail appeal that both the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and the Appeal Court followed proper procedures in denying Mr Sok bail.
Mr Sok’s request to have Mr Hun Sen summoned for his defamation trial was also shot down, with Supreme Court Presiding Judge Soeung Panhavuth stating his arguments to have the premier appear were not sufficient.
After the verdicts were announced, Mr Sok was ushered into a van to go back to prison, shouting to reporters that the verdicts were proof of Mr Hun Sen’s influence over the judicial system.
“This is the way of the Prime Minister’s management,” he said. “It is not according to the rule of law.”
Ky Tech, the premier’s lawyer, responded to the comments outside the courthouse.
“If Prime Minister Hun Sen was using any influence, he would not have filed a lawsuit to the court,” he said.
Mr Tech added the decision to deny Mr Sok bail was correct because he continues to create new accusations against the premier and government.