Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy for insulting the monarch and order for temporary detention against him.
The decision was made following the order of the Justice Ministry on Friday after the Royal Palace Ministry issued a statement to condemn Mr Rainsy who used words insulting His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni.
In a court statement dated September 13, prosecutor Keo Sothea said he decided to charge Mr Rainsy and send the case to investigating judge, requesting for temporary detention against him.
“Sam Rainsy’s words have serious impacts on the reputation of His Majesty the King of Cambodia, who is highly respected by all the Khmer people,” the statement said.
“The serious insults against His Majesty the King is a violation of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia and is determined as a criminal offense and punishable under Article 437 of the Criminal Code,” it added.
General Neth Savoeun, chief of National Police today issued a statement, saying that the National Police is ready to cooperate with all relevant authorities to arrest Mr Rainsy in line with the law in force to protect the King and the nation.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia on 12 September, Mr Rainsy said: “Our king is the hostage of [Prime Minister] Hun Sen. Our king is afraid of Hun Sen, as he wants to keep this throne. We cannot expect anything from the king who is the puppet of Hun Sen.”