CYP to file complaint against Kem Ley funeral committee

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CYP president Pich Sros. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Cambodia Youth Party president plans to today file a legal complaint against the former funeral committee for political analyst Kem Ley to discern if any fund-raised money was pocketed, despite the Ley family not being onboard.

CYP president Pich Sros said he wanted the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to investigate where the former funeral committee spent the money raised for Mr Ley’s funeral, and a stupa that is being built.

Mr Sros just completed a fundraising drive of his own to contribute to the $170,000 stupa, handing over $750 to the Ley family.

“I want transparency and I want those committees to respond to their work,” Mr Sros said. “Please don’t think that I sue because I want fame, and also know that this is not about politics.

“I’m not sure whether the Phnom Penh Municipal Court will take measures on my complaint or not,” he added.

Sao Kosal, a former member of the funeral committee and now chief of Mr Ley’s stupa construction committee, said that he did not understand Mr Sros’ purpose.

“Kem Ley’s family does not want him to file a complaint, but he will do it anyway,” he said.

“I don’t know what he wants because former funeral committee members Venerable But Buntenh and Pa Nguon Teang have already been transparent about the money raised.”

Mr Kosal said that the original funeral committee did not pocket any of the money raised either for the funeral ceremony, or for the stupa.

Kem Rithysith, Mr Ley’s brother, said he was not involved with Mr Sros’ complaint. It was his right to file it if he wanted to.

“I am not a plaintiff and we did not ask him to file a complaint against the former funeral committee,” Mr Rithysith said. “All my relatives do not support him on this complaint, but it is his right.”

Mr Rithysith said that he also trusted that the former funeral committee did not pocket any cash, and noted that he was thankful for the money raised by Mr Sros.

“I don’t know what, if any evidence he has for this complaint,” Mr Rithysith added.

Venerable But Buntenh and Mr Nguon Teang could not be reached for comment.

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