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Assaulted lawmaker looks to US

CNRP lawmaker Nhay Chamroeun, who was injured in an attack outside the National Assembly in October, speaks after his return from a Bangkok hospital last month.
CNRP lawmaker Nhay Chamroeun, who was injured in an attack outside the National Assembly in October, speaks after his return from a Bangkok hospital last month. Pha Lina

Assaulted lawmaker looks to US

Nhay Chamroeun, one of the two Cambodian National Rescue Party lawmakers savagely beaten in front of the National Assembly in late October, may be seeking legal recourse through the US justice system.

In an interview with Radio Free Asia aired yesterday, Chamroeun, a dual Cambodian-US citizen, said he will be meeting with a lawyer with the intention of filing a lawsuit in a US court.

“The Khmer community in the US has already prepared a lawyer. So I will meet with the lawyer to seek the possibility to urge this suit,” he said.

In the same broadcast, Chamroeun reiterated the claim that the attacks were orchestrated.

“I suspected that the one . . . behind [the attack] is a powerful man,” he said, adding that “simple people” are not capable of such violence.

However, neither Chamroeun nor Kong Saphea – the other victim of the beating – went so far as to name any individuals who may have orchestrated the attack.

So far, three suspects currently held in Prey Sar prison have confessed to the beating, after Prime Minister Hun Sen called upon attackers to surrender.

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