Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hearing on Sam Rainsy to proceed as planned



Hearing on Sam Rainsy to proceed as planned

Hearing on Sam Rainsy to proceed as planned

PHNOM Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday rejected a request to delay the scheduled questioning of opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who had been summoned to appear pending charges of falsifying public documents and spreading disinformation.

Choung Chou Ngy, Sam Rainsy’s defence attorney, said the court had rejected his request for a delay after ruling that Sam Rainsy did not have a valid reason to miss the hearing, and that Choung Chou Ngy had been late in applying for a delay. Sam Rainsy is currently in France avoiding a two-year prison term handed down in absentia by the Svay Rieng provincial court in January.

Choung Chou Ngy said that after receiving the summons last Friday, the three-day weekend prevented him from applying for a delay until Tuesday morning.

“I could not do anything on time,” he said. “The time for the summons is very short.”

Deputy prosecutor Sok Roeun declined to comment. Should the prosecution press charges, a failure by Sam Rainsy to appear before the investigating judge could lead to a fresh warrant for his arrest, said Sok Sam Ouen, executive director of the Cambodian Defenders Project.

The new complaint against Sam Rainsy came after he revealed maps in January which he said prove that the Vietnamese have encroached on Cambodian territory. If convicted, he could face up to 18 years in prison, though no date has yet been set for a possible trial. He was convicted in January of racial incitement and destruction of public property in connection with an October protest against Vietnamese encroachment in Svay Rieng.

MOST VIEWED

  • Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19. However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday. Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general

  • Cambodia at ‘most critical moment’, Hun Sen warns

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the first community transmission of Covid-19 in Cambodia has led the country to the “most critical moment” that warranted urgent, large-scale operations to contain the pandemic. Hun Sen, who confirmed the first local transmission on November 28, said the source of

  • PM confirms community transmission, calls for unity

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the public to stay calm, unite and follow the Ministry of Health guidelines after the wife of a senior official tested positive for Covid-19 in the Kingdom’s first case of community transmission. The case has drawn criticism

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • PM vows to protect Hun family

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to continue his fight against opposition politicians who he said intend to smash the Hun family. Without naming the politicians but apparently referring to former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen said there