The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has summoned a lawyer representing Prime Minister Hun Sen to appear in court on Monday to discuss a defamation lawsuit his client filed against former deputy prime minister Lu Lay Sreng, who has fled to Thailand.
A separate summons has also been issued for Mr Lay Sreng to appear in court on November 27.
Lawyers for Mr Hun Sen, the Justice Ministry and the Funcinpec party last month filed three separate defamation lawsuits against Mr Lay Sreng, who fled to Thailand prior to the suits being filed because he knew the court action was coming.
Mr Hun Sen claims that Mr Lay Sreng insulted the King by comparing him to a castrated rooster.
“He insulted the King by comparing him to a capon,” Mr Hun Sen said last month. “It is a very serious insult.”
Mr Lay Sreng’s comments were carried in a voice recording on the notorious “Seyha” Facebook page, which is often behind such leaks.
Fresh News also last month published three recordings of Mr Lay Sreng, a former senior official of the royalist Funcinpec party, speaking to a woman named as Ky Lum Ang.
Mr Hun Sen said Mr Lay Sreng defamed him by saying he would provide $20,000 to each Funcinpec party official who was prepared to enter the National Assembly after the CNRP were dissolved. He also allegedly described Prince Ranariddh as a bad prince.
Ky Tech, the lawyer representing Mr Hun Sen, said he received the summons and will appear in court on Monday.
“I will go to clarify the case because I am representing the plaintiff,” said Mr Tech.
Tith Savuthy, a lawyer for Prince Norodom Ranariddh, said yesterday he also received a summons to appear at court on November 13.
“The municipal court separated this case for two deputy prosecutors to process,” Mr Savuthy said. “I will go to clarify at the court on November 13.”