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Funcinpec pressing for murder charge

Funcinpec’s legal team is scheduled to file a lawsuit at the Kampong Cham Provincial Court today, accusing a truck driver of murder. The complaint relates to a traffic accident involving party president Prince Norodom Ranariddh last week that left at least six people injured, including the prince’s wife.

Senior Funcinpec official San Vanna said yesterday that the party’s lawyers will meet with Kampong Cham provincial police today to prepare the necessary legal documents before filing the suit.

“Our legal team will file a lawsuit against the driver for intentional murder,” he said, adding that they would also try to obtain compensation from the company associated with the truck involved in the crash.

Funcinpec lawyer Samrach Kosal, who is handling the case, refused to comment yesterday.

The accident in question occurred last Saturday.

A dump truck hit the prince’s motorcade while it was returning to Phnom Penh from a political rally in Kampong Cham. The truck slammed into the prince’s car and one of his bodyguard’s vehicles.

The accident left at least six people injured, including Ouk Phalla, the prince’s wife. She was taken to a hospital in Bangkok for treatment.

Funcinpec spokesperson Nhep Bun Chin on Sunday insinuated that the incident may have been politically motivated.

However, provincial police were quick to dismiss those concerns, saying the crash appeared to have been nothing more than an accident.

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