The defence lawyer of political analyst Kim Sok will file an appeal to the Supreme Court this week after the Court of Appeal upheld a lower court defamation conviction against him that was sparked by a complaint from Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Mr Sok was earlier this year sentenced to 18-months imprisonment for claiming Mr Hun Sen and the ruling CPP were behind the assassination of fellow analyst Kem Ley.
On Friday, the conviction and sentence was upheld at the Court of Appeal.
Choung Chou Ngy, Mr Sok’s lawyer, said yesterday that the Appeal Court’s decision did not provide justice.
“Relating to this case, Mr Kim Sok already gave me the right as his lawyer to file an appeal complaint to the Supreme Court because he was dissatisfied with the Appeal Court’s decision,” said Mr Chou Ngy. “So, I have already prepared the documents and will file them this week.”
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.