Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kem Sokha summonsed to appear in court Friday

Kem Sokha summonsed to appear in court Friday

Kem Sokha summonsed to appear in court Friday

For the third time in a month, Phnom Penh Municipal Court has summonsed opposition party leader Kem Sokha for questioning – this time in connection with a complaint filed by his alleged mistress.

The summons calls for him to appear Friday, and Sokha’s lawyer said yesterday his client, once again, had no intention of going to court.

“My client is a popular politician and is being supported by a great many people, so he cannot appear as summonsed. This is election campaign time,” Chan Chen said, adding that he planned to send a letter to the court today or tomorrow asking that the questioning be delayed until after the elections.

Plaintiff Keo Sophannary — who claims she is a mistress of Kem Sokha and the mother of two children the pair adopted together — said yesterday she will appear in court for questioning. Sophannary is demanding $10,000 in support from Sokha and said she would refile her complaint should the court drop the case.

“There will be no ending, because it is the truth. I would not dare to do that,” Sophannary said.

Sokha has also been summonsed twice in a separate defemation suit filed by Khmer Rouge victims association president Chum Mey along with three other S-21 survivors over alleged statements claiming the regime's notorious security centre was “staged” by the Vietnamese. He refused to appear both times, citing election activity, while observers have said that the timing of the questioning appears aimed at tripping up his campaigning.

Sokha could not be reached for comment yesterday but has repeatedly dismissed both allegations, saying they are little more than political tactics maneuvered by the ruling party.

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

  • PM warns party of complacency in leaked audio

    Two leaked audio tapes, purportedly of Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking candidly to senior officials, appear to hint at insecurities within the ruling party over the controversial dissolution of the country’s main opposition, with the premier warning that the party’s “struggle” didn’t

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • Music festival promises big stage, has even bigger hopes

    With a line-up of local and international artists, and a massive outdoor venue booked on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival is aiming to showcase contemporary musical and artistic talents at a scale rarely seen in the Kingdom. [img] But the