Sar Kheng’s lawyers summoned to court over lawsuit against Sam Rainsy

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Interior Minister Sar Kheng. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has summoned three lawyers defending Interior Minister Sar Kheng to appear at the court on next Wednesday regarding their lawsuit against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

According to three summonses issued on Monday by deputy prosecutor Seng Kim Lak, the court asked Mr Kheng’s three lawyers, Hak Seakly, Pich Soriya and Chao Bunhuon to appear at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 17 to defend their complaint.

The July 1 complaint was lodged after Mr Rainsy posted to his Facebook page on June 2, claiming that Mr Kheng was supporting Lieutenant General Dy Vichea, director of the Interior Ministry’s security central department, to take revenge against Prime Minister Hun Sen over the 2008 death of his father, former National Police Commissioner General Hok Lundy.

Mr Kheng said on Monday that his lawsuit against Mr Rainsy was the first-ever to be filed by him against anyone and was aimed at urging all politicians to strictly follow the political code of conduct.

Mr Rainsy, who is deemed as a “suspect” in the warrant, was also summoned to appear at the court for questioning on July 31. Mr Rainsy has lived in exile since 2015 after being hit with slew of court cases.

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