A deputy Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor has ordered police to bring Cambodian National Rescue Party official Morn Phalla in for questioning over a clash between opposition supporters and a motorist prior to the June 4 elections.
In a document signed on August 7 and released by government-aligned outlet Fresh News yesterday evening, Deputy Prosecutor Sieng Sok permits police to “use force” to compel the CNRP’s Phnom Penh campaign manager to appear at Meanchey district police station. Phalla did not respond to the first summons to appear in court and said earlier this week that he would not respond to another issued on Monday.
The summons refers to a clash between CNRP supporters and Sek Samon, who the group accused of driving the wrong way on a road near their rally. Samon has denied wrongdoing, and an opposition spokesman previously suggested the complainant was a provocateur.
Phalla, who was not involved in the altercation, took to Facebook to slam the order as “politically motivated”, adding he had retained a lawyer to represent him.