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Date set for next Rainsy court case

Cheang Sokha / Khmer Times Share:
Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who has another request to appear in court. KT/Fabien Mouret

The Phnom Penh court has set December 29 for the trial on defamation charges of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is being sued by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Mr Hun Sen, through his lawyer Ky Tech, filed a defamation suit against Mr Rainsy, a former president of the former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, after he accused the premier of paying up to $1 million to Thy Sovantha to protest against the CNRP.

“The court has informed us that the case will be on trial on December 29,” Mr Tech told Khmer Times. “In the complaint we demand $1 million for compensation.”

Mr Rainsy is now living in self-imposed exile in France and has faced several lawsuits from Premier Hun Sen and from the President of the National Assembly, Heng Samrin, for defamation.

Lawyer Sam Sokong who is representing Mr Rainsy in this latest case, said he will attend the trial and is now preparing documents to present to the court.

“His comment on the video footage is nothing to damage to plaintiff so the court should rule bases on the facts,” he said. “The compensation from the plaintiff for $1 million is too much.”

The Phnom Penh court has also summoned Mr Rainsy to appear at the court on January 11 for a criminal lawsuit lodged by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, which claimed he incited the army not to obey orders from their superiors.

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