Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Battambang court calls ex-CNRP five

Battambang court calls ex-CNRP five

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Former CNRP commune chief Sin Rozeth has been summoned for questioning for allegedly acting against the Supreme Court. hENG CHIVOAN

Battambang court calls ex-CNRP five

THE Battambang provincial court has summoned five local officials of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to appear for questioning next Thursday over allegations they “violated the Supreme Court ruling” dissolving their party.

Chea Chiv, a former CNRP executive director in Battambang, told The Post on Tuesday that former commune chiefs Sin Rozeth, Mok Ra and Khuon Chamroeun had been summoned.

Dim Saroeun, a former CNRP member of the provincial council, and Kong Bunheang, an ex-provincial level official, had also been ordered to appear before the court.

The summonses, issued by Prosecutor Ky Bunnara last Wednesday and received by The Post on Tuesday, ordered the five to appear in court next Thursday for “questioning in the case of violating a Supreme Court ruling dated November 16, 2017”.

Bunnara declined to comment on Tuesday, requesting that reporters contact the court directly. Provincial court spokesperson Touch Sokpheakdey hung up his phone when called, while Battambang provincial police chief Uch Sokhon could not be reached.

Battambang town police chief Chhang Van Chhai told The Post on Tuesday that he could not make any further comment as he was only following court orders.

National Police spokesperson Chhay Kim Khoeun said on Tuesday that some of the five were involved in the “Clean Finger Campaign” that urged voters to boycott last year’s national election.

Some had also supported the now-defunct opposition Candlelight Party of CNRP co-founder Sam Rainsy.

He said the complaint may have not come from the police.

Reached on Tuesday, Rozeth said she would attend the court despite having no knowledge of the accusation.

“Since I left my position as O’Char commune chief over a year ago, what have I done to affect the country leading to this court summons? They can see my activities after the CNRP was dissolved – I opened a shop selling Cambodian noodles.

“They accused my shop of having connections with a rebel group and then no one came to it. I decided to sell things online . . . in order to support my family and pay back the bank,” she said.

‘I am shocked’

She said the court order was meant to discourage her and other former CNRP supporters. She did not know what she had done wrong as she had also never posted anything controversial on social media, only her opinions as a normal citizen.

“I am shocked after having seen the court summons which said I violated the Supreme Court’s order. I would like to ask what I did and how it violated the court ruling? I will go to court on the date set and answer questions."

“I have only myself and my mother in my family. My mother is shocked and worried. I am afraid of prison and chains, but I will still go to court in line with the summons,” she said.

Khuon Chamroeun, a former Chamkar Samrong commune chief, told The Post on Tuesday that he was also not aware of a reason behind his summons.

“I cannot recall what I have done wrong because I never left my house. I did not take part in any activities. They can check with the commune and district chiefs,” he said.

Chiv said he also was not aware of the reason behind the court action. However, he said it might be because of a video clip Rozeth and around seven others posted on Facebook in support of Sam Rainsy being made “acting president” of the CNRP in December.

He said if that were the case then more people would be summoned.

MOST VIEWED

  • Woman detained for murder of hairdresser over unpaid $1K debt

    A woman has been held in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old widow. The victim’s daughter claims the motive was the suspect’s unpaid four million riel ($1,000) debt to her mother. The 17-year-old girl, Pich Sievmey, said her mother, Koem Yaneang, a hairdresser

  • ‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

    Cambodia's business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in

  • Nesat beach: A magnet drawing tourists to the Kingdom’s coastline

    A white sandy beach lined by countless coconut trees awaits travellers off Cambodia’s southwest coast in Koh Kong province’s Srae Ambel district, about 170km from Phnom Penh. Over the past few years Nesat beach – a name inspired by a nearby fishing village – has

  • Woman confesses to murder, dismemberment over debt

    The daughter of a woman who was killed and dismembered in Phnom Penh earlier this month requested the authorities on Wednesday to impose the death penalty on the woman who killed her mother, after listening to the killer confess and describe her gruesome actions without