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Teacher charged with defaming singer

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused works at a high school. Kampuchea Thmey

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a 31-year-old man for defaming a singer in a Facebook post in which he said that she became a military general’s mistress to live a life of luxury.

Captain Seng Sophal, a Por Senchey district police officer, identified the accused as Taing Sophin, a teacher at a private high school in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisey district.

He said the accused was arrested on Wednesday after the singer Keo Chankan, 26, lodged a report on Tuesday over the defamation.

Cap Sophal said that Ms Chankan, from Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district, complained that on July 20 she saw a fake Facebook account using her name and photograph which said she had “sold herself’’ to a three-star general in exchange for getting a luxury villa and luxury car.

He said she made the report at the Por Senchey district police station because she had a friend working there.

“The post on the fake Facebook account seriously affected the victim’s honour and reputation,” Cap Sophal said. “She made the report so that police could track down the person who posted the fake news.”

He added that police traced the account to the accused and arrested him in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district while he was visiting a friend.

Another Por Senchey district police officer said that during his interrogation Mr Sophin denied posting the defamatory statement.

The accused is now in prison pending trial.

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