Kim Sok to continue to work as a critic

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Political analyst Kim Sok who walked free from prison on Friday said that he remained critical of the government.

Mr Sok was released from prison on Friday morning after serving his 18 months term jail in Prey Sar prison.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Mr Sok guilty of incitement and defamation after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s lawyer filed lawsuit against him last year.

Mr Sok was alleged to have used a radio interview to publicly accuse the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of being behind the assassination of fellow analyst Kem Ley.

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.

Mr Sok said yesterday that he will keep doing his commentaries.

“Being scared or concerned is my personal feeling, but I still continue to do my work,” he said, adding that a second case still hung over his head.

“They still put pressure on me because they released me for one case, but the second case is still pending,” Mr Sok said.

Ky Tech, Mr Hun Sen’s lawyer said that Mr Sok was released because he served his prison term.

Mr Tech said he filed another complaint against Mr Sok in February 2017 over his accusation that the government created a system to eliminate its critics via state-sponsored killings.

Mr Tech requested $2,500 in compensation from Mr Sok and asked the court to prosecute him in accordance with the law.

Mr Sok was questioned on August 14 regarding the second complaint.

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