Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Lawmaker, immigration official trade barbs

Lawmaker, immigration official trade barbs

Lawmaker, immigration official trade barbs

A lawmaker and a Ministry of Interior Immigration Department official are each crying foul after a February encounter during which both say the other spoke in a rude manner.

Cambodia National Rescue Party parliamentarian Um Sam An sent a complaint to the Interior Ministry on Tuesday. The letter claims that when he joined demonstrators protesting in front of the Immigration Department against the detainment of activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson on February 23, Nouv Leakhena and a companion came out and used derogatory language towards him.

But Immigration Department head Sok Phal yesterday said that Sam An had, in fact, been insulting department staff, and had incited the gathering.

“We did not intend to start trouble with him, but now he started it with us,” Phal said. “We will sue him back . . . We are doing public work, and he brought hundreds of people there who surrounded [the building] and screamed.”

Sam An yesterday denied leading protesters there.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak yesterday said the issue will be investigated and resolved.

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