Political analyst Kim Sok was released from prison on Friday morning (Aug. 17) after 18 months behind bars.
He served a prison sentence after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found him guilty of defamation. Hun Sen, CPP head and Prime Minister, had filed the suit against Mr Sok.
He was alleged to have used a radio interview to publicly accuse the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) of being behind the assassination of fellow analyst Kem Ley.
In July of 2016, Kem Ley was gunned down at a petrol station in Phnom Penh.
The gunman, a former soldier, said that the shooting was over an unpaid debt, but the claim was disputed by the families of both men.
Mr Sok’s lawyer, Choung Chou Ngy, gave no comments other than that Mr Sok had served his full sentence and was entitled to redeem his freedom.
In January 2018 Hun Sen’s lawyer filed a fresh suit against the jailed political analyst. This time for allegedly saying the government created a system to eliminate its critics via state-sponsored killings. This came as the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to convict Mr Sok of defamation.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court questioned Kim Sok on Wednesday, Aug. 15, about the new accusations.