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Court summons Rainsy on treason charges

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Sam Rainsy. KT/Fabien Mouret

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has summoned former opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy to appear on January 11 to answer a treason complaint, according to documents issued last night.

The summons, which was signed by court prosecutor Sieng Sok, comes just days after the lawyer for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces filed a complaint against Mr Rainsy, who is currently living in exile in France.

The complaint was made after Mr Rainsy called on the armed forces to disobey orders and go against government.

Mr Rainsy posted on his Facebook page on December 5 to encourage soldiers and policemen to disobey “orders from any dictator if they order you to shoot or kill innocent people”.

Two days later RCAF lawyer Vong Pheakdey lodged a treason complaint with the court over the comments, which he said seriously affected national security.

Mr Rainsy has previously been convicted in a number of court cases, on both criminal and defamation charges.

His former CNRP party was dissolved on November 16 after his replacement Kem Sokha was arrested and jailed on treason charges.
Mr Sokha faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty.

Many senior party members have fled the country to avoid arrest, while 118 members have been barred from taking part in politics for five years.

Mr Pheakdey said he had received a letter from the court asking him to appear and defend his complaint on Monday.

“I will provide more information when I come to the court,” he said.

Mr Rainsy could not be contacted for comment.

Opposition lawyer Sam Sokong said he had not been asked to defend the case.

“I am not sure if Mr Rainsy himself is aware of the court’s warrant, so I will inform him,” Mr Sokong said.

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