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Former CNRP lawmakers seek compensation over 2015 beating

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Ket Khy, a lawyer who represents the former CNRP lawmakers, walks outside the courthouse yesterday. KT/Siv Channa

Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea, two former CNRP lawmakers dragged out of their cars and beaten during a protest in front of the National Assembly in 2015, are still seeking compensation over the incident.


In 2016, three of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguards were jailed by Phnom Penh Municipal Court over the incident and ordered to pay the victims $10,000 in compensation.

However, the victims argued that $10,000 was not enough and began an appeal process to demand $25,000 from the convicts.

On June 11, 2018, the Appeal Court upheld the municipal court’s decision and their appeal was taken to the Supreme Court.

At the Supreme Court yesterday, Ket Khy, the victims’ lawyer, said $10,000 is not enough to compensate his clients because they had to pay for hospital bills and get their vehicles repaired.

“Please increase the figure to 100 million riel [$25,000] because 40 million riel [$10,000] is not enough,” Mr Khy said. “It is not enough to cover the cost of their injuries and the damage to their vehicles.”

Nouv Monychot, a prosecutor for the Supreme Court, yesterday said the Appeal Court made the right decision by upholding the municipal court’s decision.

Supreme Court Judge Khim Ponn said a verdict will be announced on Monday.

Mr Chamroeun and Mr Saphea were leaving the National Assembly on October 26, 2015 when they were dragged out of their cars and beaten by a mob.

According to a local media report, as many as 2,000 protesters had assembled outside the National Assembly to demand the resignation of Kem Sokha from his role as National Assembly vice president.

Protesters accused Mr Sokha of deception and inciting hatred between the government and opposition, and presented a petition for his removal.

The CPP denied any involvement in organising the demonstration, despite CPP district politicians being present among the crowd and Mr Hun Sen’s warning the previous day that such a protest would take place.

In 2016, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Chay Sarith, 33, Mao Hoeun, 34, and Soth Vanny, 45, Mr Hun Sen’s three former bodyguards, to four years in prison after they were found guilty of participating in the brutal attack.

They were found guilty of “intentional acts of violence under aggravating circumstances”, but the court ordered them to only serve one year in prison after having most of their sentences suspended.

The municipal court also ordered the three convicts to compensate Mr Chamroeun and Mr Sophea with $10,000 and fined them $1,500 each.

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