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CNRP lawmaker Kong Sakphea receives visitors in his hospital room in Bangkok last week.
CNRP lawmaker Kong Sakphea receives visitors in his hospital room in Bangkok last week. Photo supplied

Compensation sought for attacked MPs

A lawyer for two opposition lawmakers brutally beaten outside parliament late last month has filed a complaint to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court demanding $50,000 in compensation.

On October 26, Cambodia National Rescue Party MPs Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were gang-bashed by a group of protesters at the tail end of a pro-Cambodian People’s Party rally demanding CNRP deputy head Kem Sokha be removed as parliamentary vice president.

CNRP lawyer Choung Choungy said he had lodged a complaint on behalf of the pair – who are still in hospital – demanding the attackers be charged with attempted murder and property damage.

The complaint also seeks about $25,000 in compensation for each lawmaker, Choungy said.

“I hope that the court can find justice for the victims, but I have my doubts, as the confession of the three suspects may conceal a hidden agenda,” said Choungy, referring to Chay Sarith, 33, Sot Vanny, 45, and Mao Hoeun, 34.

The trio, all soldiers, has been charged with intentional violence and property damage.

In footage of the attack, almost a dozen men can be seen attacking the victims.

Em Sam An, head of the investigation committee probing the beatings, said they were working to make more arrests.

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