A Sam Rainsy Party activist was charged yesterday with initiating the destruction of private property after he led a protest of Kandal villagers in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park last month.
The protest was sparked by a land dispute between 114 families from Kandal’s Kien Svay district and Kratie provincial council member Prak Savuth which has been ongoing since 2010.
After arriving at Kandal police station on Friday for questioning about the August protest, Korki Thom commune deputy chief Moek Chea was arrested and detained, his lawyer Choung Choungy said.
“The court does not defend the people’s interest – it detains the representative of the people,” said Choung Choungy, adding he had already appealed the charges.
The SRP now plans to write a letter to the Supreme Council of Magistracy asking it to take legal action against Kandal Provincial Court Judge Lim Sokuntha for issuing a court warrant without reason, party lawmaker Chan Cheng said. But police were only following court orders in enforcing an arrest warrant, said Kandal provincial police Chief Eav Chamroeun.
Prak Savuth and Judge Lim Sokhuntha could not be reached for comment.