Piseth Pelika Bun Rany
NE year after the French magazine L'Express published the purported diary of murdered
actress Piseth Pelika, threats by Prime Minister Hun Sen's wife Bun Rany to file
a libel suit against the magazine have failed to materialize.
In the diary, a person identified by L'Express as the slain Pelika wrote in detail
about her extramarital affair with Prime Minister Hun Sen. She also hinted that the
affair was broken off at Bun Rany's insistence. In later sections of the diary the
actress wrote that National Police Director Hok Lundy had warned her that she might
become the target of Bun Rany's wrath.
Two months after the warning, Pelika was gunned down in broad daylight at Phnom Penh's
Orasey Market. She died in hospital after fighting for her life for seven days. Nobody
has been arrested for the murder and the police investigation has come to a standstill.
When the diary was published in L'Express, Bun Rany immediately threatened to file
law suits against the magazine in both French and Cambodian courts. L'Express answered
that the diary had been verified by handwriting experts as genuinely Pelika's and
that L'Express was sitting on further evidence to back the allegation of an affair
between Pelika and Hun Sen.
So far, Bun Rany has taken no legal action against L'Express.
Alain Louyot, editor of L'Express, says now : "Hun Sen and Co have threatened
many times to file law suits and we hoped that they would. Unfortunately, this never
happened because they understood that we were ready and able to prove that the truth
was on our side."
When the diary was published last year, Hun Sen adviser Om Yentieng spoke on behalf
of Hun Sen and his wife. However, when contacted this week he declined to comment
"I am only an advisor; I cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the family,"
The Post printed the entire text of Pelika's diary in Khmer and English in late October
last year. It is accessible on the internet at www.phnompenhpost.com