Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Former anti-Sokha allies duke it out on Facebook

Former anti-Sokha allies duke it out on Facebook

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Social media personality Thy Sovantha arrives at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court before a hearing in April. Pha Lina

Former anti-Sokha allies duke it out on Facebook

The saga surrounding Thy Sovantha took another twist over the weekend as the social media personality pledged to launch legal action against two former allies, including Srey Chamroeun, a student with whom she led a bitter campaign against opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Chamroeun, meanwhile, appeared to take responsibility for the recent leak of private text messages purportedly showing Sovantha colluding with Prime Minister Hun Sen and his son Hun Manith, head of the Defence Ministry’s intelligence unit, to attack the opposition.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Sovantha, a former opposition supporter turned ruling party favourite, said she had broken ties with Chamroeun and Phe Sovannarith, a CPP activist, and would seek their arrest for “insults” and releasing private documents.

“I will not be responsible for what they say, and I am not connected with them anymore,” she wrote.

In a response, Chamroeun claimed Sovantha had a baby that she wouldn’t acknowledge, while claiming he had released private documents about her.

“Sovantha has a strong grandfather behind her, and I will show proof, gradually, until the end,” he wrote in a post which also included screen shots of the chats allegedly between the 21-year-old and premier, which initially surfaced on Sovannarith’s Facebook account.

He also cryptically apologised for “what I did before”.

Both Sovantha and Chamrouen been unreachable since their campaign’s alleged links to the ruling family surfaced last month.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,