Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rainsy a no-show in Sar Kheng case

Rainsy a no-show in Sar Kheng case

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Sar Kheng and Sam Rainsy in a meeting at the National Assembly in 2015. Heng Chivoan

Rainsy a no-show in Sar Kheng case

Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), failed to appear at court for questioning on Wednesday concerning a complaint filed by Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.

According to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court schedule, Rainsy was due in court on Wednesday morning to be grilled by Deputy Prosecutor Seng Kim Lak over his claim that Sar Kheng, who is also deputy prime minister, supported a revenge plot against Hun Sen.

“The suspect did not appear in court as summoned by prosecutor Seng Kim Lak and did not put in a request for a lawyer,” court spokesperson Kuch Kimlong said.

Sar Kheng filed the complaint at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court against Rainsy early last month, requesting the court sentence him according to the law and demanding four billion riel ($1 million) in compensation.

The complaint stems from a claim Rainsy made on Facebook that Sar Kheng supported a plot by Hun Sen’s son-in-law Dy Vichea to seek revenge against the prime minister.

Rainsy alleged Vichea wanted revenge against Hun Sen over his role in the 2008 death of his father, National Police chief Hok Lundy, in a helicopter crash.

Vichea also planned to sue Rainsy. He told The Post on Wednesday that his lawyer was preparing documents to be submitted to the court.

Hak Seakly, one of Sar Kheng’s three lawyers, said he had clarified the case with the court prosecutor two weeks ago.

“The court asked us whether we wanted to continue with the complaint or had changed our position. We told him we wanted to continue,” he said.

Seakly said according to procedures, the court would decide whether to reissue a summons or start an investigation.

Lawyer Sam Sokong, who has defended Rainsy in many of his legal wranglings, said on Wednesday that the CNRP co-founder had not asked him to represent him in this latest case.

Rainsy told The Post on Wednesday that it was telling that Hun Sen had not filed any complaint for “defamation” or “incitement” against him even though he had accused him of being the mastermind of the “accidental” death of Lundy in 2008.

“This most important accusation of mine comes first. My subsequent allegation is about Hok Lundy’s eldest son Dy VIchea possibly planning to avenge his father. Dy Vichea too hasn’t lodged any complaint against me and remains silent.

“Only at the end of my reasoning did I allege that if Dy Vichea were to effectively consider avenging his father, then Sar Kheng would back him.

“But both Hun Sen and Dy Vichea remain silent. Only Sar Kheng – who is collateral damage – strangely filed this far-fetched lawsuit against me,” Rainsy said.

Rainsy said Sar Kheng was forced by Hun Sen to file the complaint to show he was not attempting to topple the prime minister.

“Therefore, the lawsuit formally initiated by Sar Kheng only reflects internal tensions within the [ruling Cambodian People’s Party],” Rainsy said.


  • PP massage parlours raided, 29 suspects held for prostitution

    The Phnom Penh municipal Military Police on Sunday raided four massage parlours in Por Sen Chey district and detained 29 suspects for questioning over their alleged involvement in prostitution. Deputy municipal Military Police commander Pu Davy on Monday said the four massage parlours were located near

  • PM: All 10 Asean countries to receive Rainsy arrest warrants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states will receive warrants for the arrest of Sam Rainsy. The warrants have already been sent to Laos and Thailand. He was speaking at a joint press conference at

  • Overtourism still threatens Angkor Wat

    Ticket sales to the Angkor temples are down. An Angkor Enterprise report has revealed that ticket sales to the Angkor Archaeological Park dropped by more than 11 per cent from the same period last year. Prime Minister Hun Sen isn’t concerned. He told journalists that

  • Human rights report biased, says Cambodia

    Cambodia has accused the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday of having “undermined the principle of objectivity”. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN said the Office of the