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Minister to address defamation case

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong will today hold a press conference to address the recent French court verdict that upheld a defamation conviction against opposition leader Sam Rainsy, according to a statement posted on the ministry website Monday. The defamation case relates to passages in Sam Rainsy’s autobiography in which he alleges that Hor Namhong was the head of a the notorious Khmer Rouge prison at Boeung Trabek. On May 20, an appeal court in Paris upheld an earlier conviction against the Sam Rainsy Party president, who is living in self-exile, ordering him and his publisher to pay €2,000 in compensation. Koy Kuong, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he would not comment on the issue ahead of today’s press conference.

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