The Phnom Penh Court Prosecutor has issued a summons to former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy. He is ordered to appear in court to clarify allegations of lèse-majesté, that is to say he insulted King Norodom Sihamoni on his Facebook page.
The warrant, issued on Tuesday, June 19, and signed by prosecutor Sieng Sok, orders Mr Rainsy to appear at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 12.
The Minister of Justice, Ang Vong Vathana, has ordered Phnom Penh Municipal Court to take legal action against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy. Early this month, he took to Facebook to demonise the King’s letter, which encouraged people to vote, claiming that the King either issued it under duress or that it was a fake.
The Ministry of the Royal Palace quickly issued a statement flatly denying the accusations.
Under the new law on lèse-majesté any person found guilty of insulting the King will face one to five years in jail and a hefty fine of up to $12,500.