In the article "Rainsy: court, no talk and a couple of sacked VPs" (PPP,
Feb 23-Mar 7), it was reported that KNP president Sam Rainsy claimed "to be
talking on behalf of most of his steering committee" while former deputy Nguon
Soeur "called his expulsion illegal and claimed he still remained KNP vice president".
It was a pity that the author of the article did not bother to take a look at the
KNP statutes (or by-laws) before making his analysis and writing his comments. In
Cambodia, everybody claims to be willing to promote the rule of law and the notion
of Etat de droit. Therefore, concerning any legal issue related to KNP, let us refer
to the statutes of the party signed by the president on behalf of all the founding
members on November 2, 1995. A copy of these statutes is enclosed herewith. The following
provisions should be noted:
- Chapter 7, Article 41, point 5: "The Steering Committee can decide, by a
majority vote, to dismiss, replace or add members of the Steering Committee if there
is no opposition from the Party President."
- Chapter 2, Section 3, Article 18: "The Steering Committee shall be managed
by a President and one to three Vice Presidents who shall be chosen from among its
- Chapter 3, Article 36: "The Steering Committee may annul membership of the
Party in the following cases (...) failure to respect the Statutes and Regulations
of the Party, activity contrary to the interests of the Party (...)."
On February 12, 1996, Nguon Soeur was expelled from the Steering Committee by
a majority vote (23 out of 24) of the Steering Committee. On February 21, 1996, he
was expelled from the Party by a unanimous vote (24) of the Steering Committee. Therefore,
since his expulsion Nguon Soeur has no right whatsoever to speak or to do anything
on behalf of KNP.
On February 27, 1996, KNP President Sam Rainsy started a legal action at the Municipal
Court of Phnom Penh against Nguon Soeur who uses a forged KNP letterhead and continues
to refer to himself as a KNP vice-president. The UNTAC criminal law (which was used
by the Government to sentence Prince Norodom Sirivudh to ten years' imprisonment
on February 22, 1996) provides for one to five years' imprisonment and a fine of
one to ten million riels for the offense of forgery (articles 49 and 50).
Thank you very much for publishing the above clarification.
- Kong Korm, KNP Vice-President