Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KPP chief's defamation case against Namhong tossed by judge

KPP chief's defamation case against Namhong tossed by judge

Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha prepares to file a defamation lawsuit against Foreign Minister Hor Namhong at Phnom Penh Provincial Court in December. Photo supplied
Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha prepares to file a defamation lawsuit against Foreign Minister Hor Namhong at Phnom Penh Provincial Court in December. Photo supplied

KPP chief's defamation case against Namhong tossed by judge

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has thrown out out a defamation lawsuit filed last month by political party president Sourn Serey Ratha against Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

According to a letter from prosecutor Meas Chanpiseth, Serey Ratha’s case was dropped on January 29. The letter did not specify on what grounds the suit was rejected.

The Post could not reach Chanpiseth, while Kar Savuth, Namhong’s lawyer, declined to comment.

The suit stemmed from remarks made by Namhong on December 7 describing Serey Ratha’s Khmer Power Party as headed by a “terrorist mastermind”.

Serey Ratha had long headed the nationalist Khmer People Power Movement in his years of self-imposed exile in the US, during which the government accused him of terrorism.

However, he returned to Cambodia in October after he was pardoned for convictions widely seen as politically motivated that put three of his followers behind bars.

When Serey Ratha filed the suit against Namhong on December 21, he said he had the “lowest per cent of hope that action will be taken” but wanted to stop future slurs on his character. He also promised he would donate any judgment to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals.

On his Facebook page yesterday, Serey Ratha slammed the rejection as “another injustice” and vowed to appeal.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,