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Samrin asked to deny appeal to call in Sokha

Opposition lawmaker and head of the National Assembly’s commission on human rights, complaints and investigation Eng Chhay Eang has called on Assembly President Heng Samrin to reject a request to summon CNRP acting president Kem Sokha over the infidelity recordings scandal.

Chhay Eang’s committee received the request to grill Sokha on Friday from a group of purported students, whose motives for haranguing the opposition leader over the affair remain murky.

The group has accused him of corruption on the basis of references on the recordings to gifts promised to purported mistresses, as well as human rights abuses, stemming from a reference to abortion.

Chhay Eang sent a letter to Samrin stating: “In constitutional law and the Internal Regulations of the National Assembly, there is no provision allowing the National Assembly to summons lawmakers to clarify on an issue,” it reads.

Yesterday on Facebook, Chhay Eang noted his determination contrasted with one made by National Assembly Secretary-General Leng Peng Long.

The leader of the anti-Sokha group, Srey Chamroeun, pointed to Article 35, which says suggestions from the people shall be given full consideration by the grant of the state.

Chamroeun vowed to continue the campaign today by joining with 200 protesters and filing a petition to the UN High Commissioner, the CNRP’s office and Kem Sokha’s house.



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Don Rennie's picture

Dear Samean,

The CPP is not playing a winning game with this situation.

There is no hard evidence against Sokha of infidelity. If there were photos of Sokha in bed with another woman, they would have found their way into the media stream. Telephone conversations mean nothing.

Furthermore, if there was infidelity on the part of Sokha this is a private and personal matter. Infidelity should not be confused as a political matter. Leadership and competence are political issues. Corruption is a political issue.

When someone suggests to the the Anti-corruption Unit (ACU) that PM Hun Sen's net worth can be verified to exceed $100 million (some authorities place it at $500 million) then you have a real cause to sink your teeth, time, and energy into.

The "students" pushing the Sokha matter are acting like children and they are giving the CPP a bad name in the political arena. A large number of Cambodians see this. Some adults will remain as children throughout their lifetime.


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