Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Judge delays fake treaty trial of Sam Rainsy

Judge delays fake treaty trial of Sam Rainsy

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy. Photo supplied

Judge delays fake treaty trial of Sam Rainsy

The Supreme Court yesterday delayed a hearing on fake treaty against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy due to the absence of the defence lawyer.

Supreme Court Judge Kong Srim yesterday decided to delay the hearing against Rainsy, the former CNRP leader, for faking a 1979 version of a border treaty with Vietnam and incitement to commit felony brought against him in 2015 for posting the allegedly fake treaty on Facebook.

“Because this case needs a lawyer and he is absent, we cannot go on. We will send another invitation to him [Rainsy’s defence lawyer Sam Sokong] and we will reserve an assigned lawyer to represent Rainsy.

“If he is still absent for the second time, the assigned lawyer will represent him,” Judge Srim said at the hearing.

Even though Rainsy was not present, the security surrounding the court was strengthened with police blocking the street in front of the courthouse.

For the offence, Rainsy was sentenced to five years in jail. His two Facebook administrators each received a two-year suspended sentence.

On August 12 and 13, Rainsy posted on his Facebook page that the treaty was to dissolve the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.

Hong Sok Hour, a senator from the CNRP, also presented the “fake” treaty on his Facebook page and was arrested. He was sentenced to seven years in jail but was released in October last year after receiving a pardon from the King.

Sokong, Rainsy’s lawyer, could not be reached for comment.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in