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Defamation allegations reach court

A waitress in Banteay Meanchey province who sued a Cambodian Mine Action Centre offical for sexual harassment was questioned yesterday after he counter-sued her for defamation, said her lawyer.

Chea Nara, defence lawyer for waitress Hi Theavy, 25, said she had appeared in the provincial court yesterday to be questioned on a defamation suit filed by CMAC official Oum Socheath.

He had accused her of defaming him in interviews made on Radio Free Asia and ABC Radio Australia.

Hi Theavy had maintained her innocence, however, he added.

“She denied his [Oum Socheath] accusation at the court because she did not defame him at all, but what happened to her [sexual harassment] was true,” said Chea Nara.

Chea Nara said he had suggested that deputy prosecutor Yin Sokun Theary not take any further action on Oum Socheath’s complaint as his client’s original sexual harassment suit had not been concluded.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at chhay.channyda@phnompenhpost.com

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