A lawyer for the Prime Minister appeared in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to discuss a defamation lawsuit his client filed against former deputy prime minister Lu Lay Sreng, who has fled to Thailand.
Ky Tech, Mr Hun Sen’s lawyer, said outside the court that he discussed the case over Mr Lay Sreng’s claim that Mr Hun Sen would provide $20,000 to each Funcinpec party official who was prepared to enter the National Assembly after the CNRP was dissolved.
Mr Tech said he maintained his original complaint, which seeks $125,000 in compensation and charges against Mr Lay Sreng, when questioned by the deputy prosecutor.
“I told the prosecutor that I have nothing more to add, but would like to keep the same complaint,” Mr Tech told reporters.
Lawyers for Mr Hun Sen, the Justice Ministry and Funcinpec party last month filed three separate defamation lawsuits against Mr Lay Sreng, who fled to Thailand prior to the suits being filed because he knew the court action was coming.
Mr Tech said the separate complaint against Mr Lay Sreng over him insulting the King by comparing him to a castrated rooster was also discussed yesterday.
“As far as I know, the prosecutor will review this complaint and if the case moves forward, the prosecutor will become the plaintiff,” Mr Tech said.
Mr Lay Sreng’s comments were carried in a voice recording on the “Seyha” Facebook page, which is often behind such leaks.
Fresh News also last month published three recordings of Mr Lay Sreng, a former senior official of the royalist Funcinpec party, speaking to a woman named as Ky Lum Ang.
Mr Tech added yesterday that he wanted the court to clearly determine if the voice recordings were of Mr Lay Sreng. A separate summons has also been issued for Mr Lay Sreng to appear in court on November 27.
According to a post on Mr Lay Sreng’s Facebook page, he is now in the US.
“I really miss my compatriots so much,” he said on his page. “But I left my compatriots only for a short time and hope that we will meet each other soon.”