Court summons ex-trade unionist

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Chea Mony asked the EU to stop buying garments from Cambodia following the CNRP’s dissolution. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday issued a warrant to question former Free Trade Union leader Chea Mony on a complaint of incitement.

The court also questioned lawyers representing the interests of about 120 federations and unions yesterday, who filed a lawsuit against Mr Mony on December 18, after he appealed to the European Union to put sanctions on Cambodian in the wake of the CNRP’s dissolution.

Keto Sovandy, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he and his colleague Dara Sopanga went to court to answer the questions of deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok.

He said the prosecutor questioned them for two hours regarding factual evidence against Mr Mony.

“We have enough evidence to win the case against Mr Mony,” Mr Sovandy said, declining to comment on the nature of the evidence, but saying it had already been submitted to the court.

“We asked the court to prosecute him according to the law, and we asked for $1 million in compensation,” he added.

The court warrant issued by Mr Sok requests Mr Mony to appear in court on January 22.

The complaint said Mr Mony, a member of the Watch Council of Cambodia and a former president of the Free Trade Union, had been speaking with the US-based Radio Free Asia and appealed to the EU to put sanctions on the government and stop ordering clothing from Cambodia.

It added that Mr Mony had tried to pressure the government to find a political resolution with the opposition party, but said 700,000 workers could lose their jobs if the EU stopped buying products from Cambodia.

“The speeches by Mr Mony encouraged the EU and other buyers to stop buying clothing and incited workers to get angry and hate the government,” read the complaint.

Mr Mony could not be reached for comment.

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