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Court summons Kem Ley funeral committee members

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Venerable But Buntenh. KT/Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday issued summonses to question three members of the former committee tasked with planning a funeral and construction of a stupa for slain political analyst Kem Ley.

The summonses, for Venerable But Buntenh, rights worker Moeun Tola and Pa Ngoun Teang, come after the president of the Cambodian Youth Party filed a complaint against the trio over their handling of the funds raised for the funeral and stupa.

Prior to CYP president Pich Sros’ complaint, members of Mr Ley’s family said they had no feud with the trio over the committee that was tasked with raising money for the funeral, stupa and one-year anniversary ceremonies.

The summonses ask each to appear for questioning over breach of trust accusations on different days next month and are signed by deputy prosecutor Kuch Kimlong.

Mr Sros said in his complaint that he wants a breakdown of where the money was spent.

Mr Sros recently conducted his own fundraising campaign, contributing about $750 toward the $170,000 stupa being constructed.

Ven Buntenh, founder of the Independent Monk Social Network, said on his Facebook page that the spurious actions being taken by Mr Sros and the court are bringing shame against the honour of Mr Ley’s legacy.

“Mr Sros’ actions are killing the reputation of Kem Ley,” he said.

Ven Buntenh could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Moeun Tola, executive director of Central, declined to speak about Mr Sros.

“I don’t want to say much about Pich Sros, but I want to clarify some things,” he said. “Firstly, the committee did not manage or divide any of the money collected, we provided it all to the Ley family. Secondly, Mr Sros is not a member of the Ley family and was not on the committee.”

Deputy prosecutor Kimlong could not be reached for comment

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