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Khom Chandaraty, also known as "Mon Srey", appears for questioning at the Interior Ministry last month.
Khom Chandaraty, also known as "Mon Srey", appears for questioning at the Interior Ministry last month. Heng Chivoan

‘Mon Srey’ to face court on Tuesday

The purported mistress of CNRP deputy chief Kem Sokha has been summonsed again to appear at the Phnom Penh court on Tuesday over allegations of prostitution and providing false testimony, according to a court document.

Khom Chandaraty, also known by her nickname “Srey Mom” and Facebook moniker “Mon Srey”, had previously asked to delay her appearance in order to arrange a lawyer.

She is now to be represented by Try Chhun, a lawyer from rights group Adhoc, who was yesterday set to meet with his client to discuss the case.

“We are not sure whether or not we will let Srey Mom go to clarify on April 19, or whether we will delay again,” Chhun said.

Chandaraty was thrust into the public spotlight after covertly recorded tapes purportedly featuring her talking intimately with the CNRP acting president were leaked.

The tapes sparked a defamation claim by social media personality Thy Sovantha, who is discussed in the recordings.

Police investigating that case accuse Chandaraty of lying during an interview. She has also been accused of prostitution.

Officials, however, have remained mum as to whether they are investigating the possibility that the recordings were illegally obtained.



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Don Rennie's picture

Dear Samean,

The Court should let this lady alone. She is not the problem.

Speaking during an interview can not be construed as lying. And, being a mistress (Who cares if she is a mistress for anyone?) is not a crime.

The real issues are: Were the audio tapes acquired illegally? Are the tapes authentic? Who is the source of the tapes?

Once the court determines these three issues, then the rule of law should be imposed and the Court should spring into action.

Anything less shows weakness and incompetence on the part of the investigation and the Court.


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