Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court hears Ny Chakrya case




Court hears Ny Chakrya case

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
NEC deputy secretary-general Ny Chakrya hugs his colleague in front of The Phnom PenhMunicipal Court on August 27. Pha Lina

Court hears Ny Chakrya case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard the case against Ny Chakrya, a former Adhoc official and currently deputy secretary-general of the National Election Committee (NEC) over his allegedly defamatory comments made to the media in May 2015.

Chakrya was sentenced by the Phnom Penh municipal court in September 2016 to six months behind bars and ordered to pay a six million riel ($1,250) fine upon being found guilty of three charges – public defamation, acts of slanderous denunciation, and publication of commentaries to influence the judicial process.

The case was brought against him by Siem Reap provincial court prosecutor Sok Keo Bandit.

Investigating judge Ky Rithy transferred the case to the Municipal Court. In December last year, the Appeal Court upheld the municipal court decision.

The provincial prosecutor and judge filed a complaint against Chakrya after he held a press conference twice in May 2015 concerning the arrest of two villagers over a land dispute in Siem Reap, an arrest that Chakrya said was not in compliance with legal procedures.

During his trial at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chakrya maintained his innocence.

“At the press conference in Siem Reap, I said the arrest was not in accordance with procedure. In another press conference in Phnom Penh I said Adhoc would file a complaint to the Supreme Council of Magistracy to request a review of the arrest that we thought was not in line with procedure,” he said.

Chakrya said he had filed separate complaints to the appeal court’s prosecution office, the Supreme Council of Magistracy, and the Justice Ministry calling for a review of the arrest.

But, he said, the municipal court convicted him before the three institutions made a decision, prompting him to appeal the sentence.

‘Colluding court’
Defence lawyer Sam Sokong said the lower court’s decision may have been based on four media reports which had incorrectly publicised Chakrya’s speech.

“The media said that the court colluded with each other in making the arrest and that the court was corrupt in its decision to detain the two villagers,” Sokong said.

Sokong said his client should be cleared of the “publication of commentaries to influence judicial process” charge because he held the press conference only after the court decided to detain the two villagers.

Sokong and Chakrya pleaded with the Supreme Court to annul the lower court’s decision, while prosecutor Chhuon Chanthan requested the sentence be upheld.

Judge Kong Srim said a verdict would be announced on Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Police arrest 29 Chinese for kidnapping in capital

    Phnom Penh Military Police arrested 29 Chinese nationals on kidnapping charges on Wednesday. The suspects are said to have abducted three other Chinese nationals from a hotel in Chaktomuk commune, Daun Penh district. The operation took place on Wednesday and was led by two deputy commanders –

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia