Judge Ros Piseth of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today pronounced Sam Rainsy (former CNRP head) guilty in two further cases brought against him. The court ordered that a copy of the writ be posted at the former headquarters of the now dissolved CNRP in Phnom Penh’s Chak Angre Leu commune.
The verdict was handed down ten days after Mr Rainsy was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison and a fine of $5,000 for demoralising the armed forces and insulting King Norodom Sihamoni. He’d called on the armed forces to disobey orders (to target civilians) in 2017. He also called an election letter written by King Sihamoni as “fake or written under duress.”
Sam Sokong, Mr Rainsy’s attorney, said the verdict was an injustice to his client.
Sam Rainsy lives in exile in France, is a fierce government critic, and currently faces a slew of legal troubles in the Kingdom.
Last year, he was found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay $1 million to Prime Minister Hun Sen for alleging that social media influencer Thy Sovantha was bribed to abandon the CNRP and go pro CPP.