Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Namhong suit filed by KPP chief as promised



Namhong suit filed by KPP chief as promised

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

Namhong suit filed by KPP chief as promised

The formerly self-exiled president of the Khmer Power Party (KPP) yesterday filed a promised defamation lawsuit against Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

Standing outside of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Sourn Serey Ratha told reporters that he had filed a lawsuit and supporting evidence with the prosecutor calling for 500 million riel (about $125,000) in compensation, which the party plans to donate to the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals.

The suit stems from remarks made by Namhong to reporters following a meeting at the Foreign Ministry on December 7 when he described the KPP as “a party, which has as its leader a terrorist mastermind”.

Serey Ratha said he had the “lowest per cent of hope that action will be taken” by the court, but had gone ahead with the lawsuit in the hope that it would prevent future slurs and bring public attention to the allegedly defamatory remarks.

“Painting us as terrorists is one thing we can’t accept,” he said.

The KPP leader, who led the dissident Khmer People Power Movement before establishing the party, has long been labelled a terrorist by the government and lived for years in self-imposed exile in the US.

He returned to Cambodia in October after being pardoned of widely decried convictions related to his political activities.

Namhong and his lawyer could not be reached yesterday.

Last week, Namhong defended his comments, which he said were made in relation to Serey Ratha’s past run-in with the law. He said he recognised the KPP leader’s right to return to politics.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and