Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minor party files suit over drunken death threat against leader



Minor party files suit over drunken death threat against leader

League for Democracy Party leader Khem Veasna attends a party campaign rally held in May in Kandal’s Takhmao town.
League for Democracy Party leader Khem Veasna attends a party campaign rally held in May in Kandal’s Takhmao town. Heng Chivoan

Minor party files suit over drunken death threat against leader

The League for Democracy Party filed a court complaint this week on behalf of its leader Khem Veasna after prominent Facebook personality San Buntheoun threatened to kill him and blamed him for “wiping out religion”.

Buntheoun moonlights as a citizen journalist, often live-streaming major news events on his popular Facebook page. But he has also been known to live-stream drunken rants, which have also led to an incitement lawsuit filed in June by fellow social media celebrity Thy Sovantha.

In the LDP case, Buntheoun again took to Facebook in an inebriated state on December 16 and began to berate Veasna after the LDP leader’s followers allegedly left negative comments on his social media page.

“I am honestly speaking, I have to shoot Khem Veasna. No matter if I will be jailed for 20 years or 100 years, I have to shoot Khem Veasna in the head,” he says in the video.

Buntheoun claimed if he did not shoot Veasna, the latter would destroy Buddhism, though he did not elaborate. Veasna has earned a reputation for his fiery stump speeches, often aimed at the monkhood’s alleged shortcomings.

“I will buy a Smith [& Wesson gun]. Police! Military Police! You can surround me and arrest me,” he says, in the two-minute viral clip.

LDP official Chheuy Bunthoeun filed the lawsuit with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday accusing Buntheoun of making a death threat under Article 233 of the Criminal Code and demanding $100,000 in damages. However, San Buntheoun yesterday apologised for his transgression, blaming it on his drunkeness.

“I would like to request the court to ignore the complaint because I said it when I was drunk. So, if they sue me, I would say sorry,” he said.

But, LDP’s Chheuy Bunthoeun was in no mood to forgive the social media celebrity.

“If he just says sorry, it means that he could kill anyone and then say, ‘I was drunk; I am sorry’,” he said.

Updated: 7:18am, Friday 22 December 2017

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial