Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday questioned Khan Sovann over his complaint against Facebook personality Pheng Vannak, who was charged with incitement to commit a crime and defamation last month following a complaint from Mr Sovann.
Mr Vannak was charged after he allegedly ridiculed Mr Sovann on Facebook on March 29.
Outside of the courtroom yesterday, Mr Sovann said he was called by deputy court prosecutor Vong Bunvisoth, who wanted to know if he wished to continue with the case.
“I clarified that I still want the complaint against Mr Vannak filed, and I did not change my mind,” Mr Sovann said. “I filed complaints regarding violence, intimidation, defamation, insults and blackmail.”
He noted that he wants compensation from Mr Vannak.
“I demand more than $1 million in compensation from Mr Vannak,” he said. “I asked the court to help me find justice.”
In April, Mr Sovann said Mr Vannak ruined his business.
“Mr Vannak attacked me and ruined my business. He alleged that I was running a nude karaoke bar,” he said at the time. “Because of what he said, my business faced serious problems – I lost income and reputation.”
Mr Bunvisoth yesterday confirmed that Mr Sovann was questioned, but declined to discuss details and referred questions to court spokesman Ly Sophanna.
Mr Sophanna could not be reached for comment.
In a statement published last month, Judge Kei Manera said Mr Sovann filed multiple complaints, and that Mr Vannak was sent to Prey Sar prison pending a trial.
Mr Vannak is currently facing a slew of complaints, including one from government lawyer Ky Tech accusing him of comparing a hit-and-run incident to the murder of political analyst Kem Ley.
Mr Tech’s lawsuit said Mr Vannak reiterated that Prime Minister Hun Sen gave $50,000 to Fresh News CEO Lim Chea Vutha to give to the family of Mr Ley.
“The post illustrated a clear plan and wicked intention to make a comparison with the purpose to accuse and brand Mr Hun Sen as the man behind the murder of Kem Ley,” Mr Tech’s lawsuit said. “Apparently, a large number of Facebook users commented and shared Mr Vannak’s post and it created confusion that Mr Hun Sen was the one who killed Kem Ley.”
Additionally, Mr Chea Vutha has also filed a complaint against Mr Vannak accusing him of defamation and demanding $500,000 in compensation.