Military officials expressed outrage on Wednesday over an edited photograph showing Defence Minister Tea Banh’s death on Facebook.
Director-general at the Defence Ministry Nem Sowath accused Hai Khmerkrom, commonly known as former prominent Khmer Krom monk Son Hai, of editing and posting the insulting photograph of General Banh.
The photograph, taken during a medical check-up, shows Gen Banh lying down on a bed. Mr Hai allegedly added a banana on to his body as a way to worship the dead.
Mr Hai commented that according to the Defence Ministry’s internal information, Gen Banh passed away on Monday at 4.45am in Beijing.
“The body is being prepared to be put into a coffin and transferred back to Cambodia for a Buddhist ceremony,” it says.
Mr Sowath called for legal action against Mr Hai over the photograph.
“The cabinet called on authorities to take legal action against Facebook user Mr Hai as he insulted a leader, who contributed to liberating and rescuing the nation and creating Cambodia’s society.”
Mr Hai was defrocked and jailed in late 2014 for protesting, but was released in April 2015. He has been living in Ostersund, Sweden, since February 2016 after seeking asylum with the UN.