Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP pols fear possible set-up

CNRP pols fear possible set-up

Real Camerin is carried away from the border in Svay Rieng after clashes in June.
Real Camerin is carried away from the border in Svay Rieng after clashes in June. PHOTO SUPPLIED

CNRP pols fear possible set-up

An outspoken opposition lawmaker says he fears a set-up after a Svay Rieng woman was questioned in court yesterday over a complaint against him and others that she denies ever having made.

A Svay Rieng Provincial Court summons, issued by deputy prosecutor Orng Ry and dated August 18, named sisters Soeung Hum and Soeung Phearum as plaintiff and witness, respectively, in an unspecified complaint against Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers Um Sam An and Real Camerin and party official Tach Setha.

The complaint is in relation to a June 28 visit to disputed points on the Vietnam border that ended in brief clashes between Cambodians and Vietnamese citizens and authorities.

Hum, however, maintained after her questioning yesterday that the existence of the complaint – the exact nature of which she said Ry declined to clarify – had come as a surprise to her and her sister.

“For this complaint, I asked him directly, ‘When did I make the complaint? And what did I file the complaint about?’” Hum said in an interview yesterday. “They said, ‘[You] filed it over the Vietnamese beating you when Mr Real Camerin led [supporters to the border]’.”

Hum acknowledges having been beaten during the clashes, but said she had never filed a complaint, though Ry continued to question her as to whether Camerin had led the contingent to the border.

“I answered that I didn’t know. When the court summons mentioned me as plaintiff, I asked back ‘What did I file it about?’” she said, adding that court officials then asked if she wanted to seek compensation from the CNRP lawmakers, telling her that they could initiate proceedings against them.

In response, Hum said she was not interested in filing a complaint. Deputy prosecutor Ry could not be reached yesterday.

CNRP provincial councillor Meas Kheng said he had received the same account from the sisters yesterday, as did Nouth Bopinnaroth, provincial coordinator with rights group Licadho.

“We don’t understand. It says that she is the plaintiff, but she came to my office and said she knows nothing. [We] don’t know where the court got the complaint,” Bopinnaroth said, before calling on the court to clarify the circumstances surrounding the case.

Um Sam An, one of the lawmakers named in the purported complaint, said yesterday that the summonses could be the beginnings of an attempt to see him and his colleagues jailed, and that more were likely to follow. “Now the [court] has summonsed her first. After that, I believe the [court] will summon more from my group. However, [we] have immunity, except Tach Setha,’’ he said.

Unlike lawmakers Sam An and Camerin, who enjoy parliamentary immunity, Setha is an adviser to party deputy president Kem Sokha.

“This could be a set-up. Yuon beat up [Khmers], so Khmer authorities must condemn them, but now they’re suing Khmers,” Sam An said, using a term for the Vietnamese often considered derogatory. “This is a strange story.”


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which