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Court to hear Kim Sok defamation appeal

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The Appeal Court will review Kim Sok’s defamation conviction. KT/Mai Vireak

The Court of Appeal will today conduct a hearing into political analyst Kim Sok’s defamation conviction.

Mr Sok was earlier this year sentenced to 18-months imprisonment for claiming Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling CPP were behind the assassination of fellow analyst Kem Ley.

According to a letter from Court of Appeal clerk Loek Chanponleu sent to Mr Sok’s defence lawer Choung Chou Ngy on October 24, the hearing will be held at 8am today to review convictions of defamation and incitement to cause public chaos.

“I am still considering my approach for the hearing,” Mr Chou Ngy said yesterday.

On February 13, Mr Hun Sen filed a lawsuit against Mr Sok after he made the accusations during a radio interview.

On August 10, Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Ky Rithy sentenced Mr Sok to 18-months imprisonment, a fine of about $2,000, and ordered him to pay compensation of nearly $20,000 to Mr Hun Sen.

On July 10 last year, Mr Ley stopped for a coffee at a Caltex petrol station in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn district.

He was gunned down in broad daylight by a former soldier who said he carried out the murder over an unpaid debt, a claim disputed by the families of both men.

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