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Adhoc five member summoned by court

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A senior investigator with rights group Adhoc on Monday confirmed that a member of the Adhoc five has been summoned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to attend a hearing regarding bribery allegations linked to former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s past adultery case.

Adhoc senior investigator Soeng Sen Karuna said on Monday that Adhoc officer Nay Vanda received the summons from the court on Sunday. It said for Mr Vanda to attend a hearing in two weeks.

“The Phnom Penh Municipal Court summoned Nay Vanda to join the hearing on August 27,” Mr Sen Karuna said.

When asked whether or not the rest of the Adhoc five would be summoned, Mr Sen Karuna said that he did not have any more information.

“We will continue to monitor this case regardless of whether or not the court will summon all five,” he said. “This is court procedure; they can finish the investigation and then schedule a hearing.”

Mr Vanda could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The five Adhoc officials include Mr Vanda, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Lim Mony and National Election Committee official Ny Chakrya.

The men were accused of bribing a witness in relation to an alleged affair between Mr Sokha and his hairdresser Khom Chandaraty.

Adhoc always denied the bribery accusations, insisting the money given to Ms Chandaraty was a stipend the group provides to all individuals that they assist.

Their detention attracted widespread criticism from international rights groups.

The Adhoc five were released on bail last year under court supervision.

Court spokesman Y Rin could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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