Top court upholds Kim Sok’s prison sentence

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Police officers escort Kim Sok away from the court. KT/Mai Vireak

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld lower court decisions to imprison political analyst Kim Sok over defamation.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court last year convicted Mr Sok after he claimed that Prime Minister Hun Sen and the CPP were behind the assassination of fellow analyst Kem Ley. The court handed Mr Sok 18 months in prison.

In November, the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence following an appeal filed by Mr Sok and his lawyer Choung Choungy.

In response, another appeal was filed at the Supreme Court.

Mr Choungy said on Friday that his client could be released from prison as early as August and did not want to press the matter further.

“I do not want to go into this case because my client’s time in prison is almost complete and he could be released in August,” the lawyer said.

Mr Sok was arrested and jailed in February 2017 after Mr Hun Sen filed a complaint against him over the comments that he made during an interview with Radio Free Asia.

Ky Tech, Mr Hun Sen’s lawyer, said on Friday that his client welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the sentence.

“We are satisfied with the court’s decision because the court provided justice to the Cambodian People’s Party,” Mr Tech said.

Supreme Court spokesman Ouk Kimsith declined to comment yesterday.

In January, Mr Hun Sen’s lawyer filed a fresh legal complaint against Mr Sok.

Mr Tech said at the time that the fresh complaint against Mr Sok was due to the fact that he accused the government of sending officials to visit him in prison to encourage him to change his political views.

In July 2016, Mr Ley was gunned down by a former soldier at a petrol station in Phnom Penh.

The gunman said that the shooting was over an unpaid debt, a claim disputed by the families of both men.

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