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Envoy withdraws legal threat against widow

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Widow Korng Thavy meets South Korean ambassador Long Dimanche. Supplied

The Cambodian ambassador to South Korea has withdrawn his threat to file a defamation claim against a widow who claimed he failed to help her seek compensation from her husband’s employer after he died in a traffic accident.


Last week, Long Dimanche said he would file the complaint unless Korng Thavy issued a public apology following her claims against him in a Facebook video.

Her husband, Sea Chana, a migrant worker at Samsung Fire and Maritime in Korea, died in 2016 in Cambodia while home visiting family.

Ms Thavy has been attempting to recoup an insurance payment she says her husband’s former employer owes her.

In the Facebook video, Ms Thavy said Mr Dimanche had been of no help in seeking the company pay her the dues.

Mr Dimanche claimed he did all he could and added that he would file the legal complaint if the Ms Thavy did not issue an apology.

Yesterday, Mr Dimanche said on his Facebook page that Ms Thavy issued the apology and that he will not be filing the complaint.

He added that the embassy is still assisting her with the case.

“She has an internal family dispute, that’s why the company has not yet issued the insurance payment,” he said.

Ms Thavy said yesterday on her Facebook page that she regretted her initial video.

“I am so sorry from my heart if my words affected his honour,” she said.

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