Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KPP chief offers audio evidence in defamation case

KPP chief offers audio evidence in defamation case

Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha appears at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.
Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha appears at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. Hong Menea

KPP chief offers audio evidence in defamation case

Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha yesterday submitted evidence to Phnom Penh Municipal Court to support his defamation and incitement claim against Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

Ratha is suing Namhong for insinuating he was a terrorist, an accusation the government had long levelled against the dissident, who spent more than a year in self-imposed exile after being convicted in absentia of conspiracy.

After submitting audio evidence yesterday, Ratha told reporters that Namhong’s remarks – calling the KPP “a party, which has as its leader a terrorist mastermind” – had defamed him and discouraged KPP event attendance.

“Before the media echoed Hor Namhong’s statement, we had plans to meet with people from different provinces,” Ratha said. “When he made the comments, and the media repeated them, those supporters dispersed and reconsidered whether to support our party.”

Ratha, who was granted a pardon last July, is seeking $125,000 in compensation.

Reached yesterday, Namhong’s defence lawyer, Ka Savuth, was unfazed. “When the time comes, we will go to court,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Police arrest Canadian with 167kg of drugs

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 15 placed a Canadian national in pre-trial detention in connection with smuggling and possessing 167kg of illegal drugs. Deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug enforcement Mak Chito told The Post on November 15 that the man was arrested

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to