Phnom Penh Municipal Court today issued an arrest warrant for political analyst Kim Sok, who fled to Thailand after Prime Minister Hun Sen suggested he could be arrested for failing to pay compensation owed from a defamation conviction, after he failed to appear for questioning over a separate defamation case.
General Kieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that police officials will carry out the court’s order.
“Police will make the arrest in accordance to the warrant,” Gen Sopheak said.
The warrant was issued after Mr Sok failed to appear in court on Friday to be questioned over a separate defamation case for allegedly accusing the government of running a state-sponsored assassination squad.
“Search and arrest Kim Sok so he can be placed in jail,” Judge Leang Samnath said in the warrant.
Mr Hun Sen’s lawyer filed the latest defamation complaint against Mr Sok earlier this year while he was still in prison serving an 18-month jail term stemming from a separate defamation case for accusing the government of murdering fellow analyst Kem Ley.
Mr Sok completed his sentence late last month and walked free from prison, almost immediately drawing the ire of Mr Hun Sen after he criticised the Prime Minster’s initiative to create a council of all political parties that contested the national election to gather input and move the country forward together.
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