The Phnom Penh court prosecutor has summoned former opposition leader Sam Rainsy to appear at the court on January 11 to answer a complaint of treason, according to a summons seen on Monday night.
The summons, which was signed by Phnom Penh court prosecutor Sieng Sok, comes after a lawyer representing the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) filed a lawsuit on December 7 after Mr Rainsy called on the armed forces to disobey orders and rebel against the government.
Mr Rainsy now lives in exile in Paris.
“I, Sieng Sok, persecutor representative, invite Sam Rainsy, the suspect…to come to Phnom Penh court prosecutor on January 11, 2018, at 9am,” read the summons.
Mr Rainsy, a former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, posted on his Facebook page on December 5 calling for soldiers and policemen to “please don’t obey orders from any dictator if they order you to shoot or kill innocent people”.
Two days later RCAF lawyer Vong Pheakdey lodged a lawsuit with the court for treason, claiming the case seriously affected national security and asked the court to take immediate action.
Mr Pheakdey told Khmer Times that he also received a letter from the court asking him to appear to defend the complaint on December 18.
“I will provide more information when I come to the court,” he said.
Full story in Tuesday’s paper.