The abbot of Chbar Ampov pagoda filed a lawsuit yesterday at the Interior Ministry, urging the authorities to take legal action against the president of the League for Democracy Party.
Venerable Hor Sokhonn said LDP president Khem Veasna insulted Khmer nationality, the monarchy, and Buddhism.
As he left the Interior Ministry, Ven Sokhonn told the media Mr Veasna’s comments were unacceptable to Khmer people, because he insulted all symbols of the kingdom: the national identity, religion, and the monarchy.
Mr Veasna has also allegedly written songs that are insulting to Buddhist monks, calling them cheaters who use religion to serve their individual interests.
“His comments insult his own people, comparing them to dogs and calling them worthless,” Ven Sokhonn said.
“The ministry must take legal action against the LDP leader, for his comments divide Cambodian citizens.”
Mr Veasna and LDP secretary-general Chen Thon could not be reached yesterday.
In 2015, monks across the country accused Mr Veasna and his followers of being “Tamils without religion” after the LDP leader wrote a Facebook post deemed demeaning to Buddhism and monks.