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Boeung Kak rep infighting gets its day in court

Boeung Kak rep infighting gets its day in court

Six Boeung Kak village representatives will appear in Phnom Penh Municipal Court accused of threatening to kill their one-time representative Ly Mom, who was spoke on their behalf from 2007 until last year.

Although no charges have been laid, Ly Mom is demanding $10,000 from each of the the six villagers, whom she claims distributed leaflets that also defamed and insulted her.

Phnom Penh municipal court summonsed Tep Vanny, Heng Mom, Nget Khun and Chheng Leap from Village 22 and Tol Srey Pov and Kong Chantha in Village 24 on April 26 and 27 to be questioned over the accusations. They successfully sought a delay while they found lawyers.

Ly Mom said she planned to show the leaflet to the court.

“I am upholding my complaint and demanding $10,000 from each of them,” she said. “I request that the court punishes them according to the law because this is a complaint between individual and individual.”

Tep Vanny, one of the representatives accused of distributing the leaflet, said she would attend the court with fake US dollar bills and pray to the “ghosts and souls of dead people” she believed were inhabiting Ly Mom’s body and causing her to be angry at fellow Boeung Kak residents.

“We think that only by doing this can we evict the ghosts’ souls from Ly Mom’s body,” she said. “We hope the court will find justice for us.”

Ly Mom said she did not have such souls in her body, only a threatening leaflet from the group that she could not tolerate.

Boeung Kak residents said six protesters were injured on Wednesday when military and anti-strike police attacked them during a strike near Hun Sen’s house in Phnom Penh, claims officials have denied.

According to a letter obtained by the Post yesterday, Ho Sethy, director of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cabinet, issued a letter asking Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema to provide a solution for Boeung Kak and Borei Keila villagers.

Kiet Chhe, municipal deputy director of administration, could not be reached for comment yesterday.