Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Defamation case appeal

Defamation case appeal

Defamation case appeal

120308_06a

General director of Nokorwat newspaper Touch Kongkea has appealed a court decision that rejected his accusations media baron Soy Sopheap defamed him and stole personal emails.

{jathumbnail}

Touch Kongkea sued the Deum Ampil Media Centre general director last year for allegedly accessing private emails between himself and Lim Bunheng, president and CEO of rice-milling company Loran Import-Export Co Ltd.

The emails, which have been seen by the Post, pertained to a planned takeover of a radio station run by Soy Sopheap.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court threw out the charges three weeks ago, but Touch Kongkea’s lawyer, Chan Vichet, said yesterday that his client had appealed this decision on February 29.

“My client could not accept the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision, because it was injustice for him,” he said yesterday.

Chan Vichet said his client has also demanded US$5,000 compensation from Soy Sopheap.

Soy Sopheap could not be reached for comment, but his lawyer, Kouy Thunna, said his client will counter-sue Touch Kongkea for lying to the court by falsely accusing his client.

“To find justice for my client as well as to defend his honour, I will file a lawsuit against Touch Kongkea for telling lies to the court. I will ask for $10,000 in compensation for him,” he said.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all