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Pheng Vannak questioned over Facebook post

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Facebook personality Pheng Vannak. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Facebook personality Pheng Vannak was questioned today at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on allegations of incitement and defamation over messages he posted on social media.

Mr Vannak was previously charged with incitement to commit a crime and defamation over a March 29 post allegedly ridiculing Facebook personality Khan Sovann.

Mr Sovann filed a complaint against Mr Vannak, and is demanding $1 million in compensation. Mr Vannak was questioned by deputy court prosecutor Vong Bunvisoth for about two hours.

Outside of the court, Mr Vannak said he will wait for the court’s decision.

“I won’t comment – it all depends on the court’s decision,” he said.

Mr Sovann filed the complaint on April 2. He was questioned by the the deputy prosecutor on May 23.

At the time, Mr Sovann said Mr Bunvisoth 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.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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