Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NEC’s Ny Chakrya grilled over Sokha case

NEC’s Ny Chakrya grilled over Sokha case

Ny Chakrya (second left) sits in the back seat of a vehicle at Phnom Penh court before being transported to prison last month.
Ny Chakrya (second left) sits in the back seat of a vehicle at Phnom Penh court before being transported to prison last month. Pha Lina

NEC’s Ny Chakrya grilled over Sokha case

Imprisoned National Election Committee official Ny Chakrya yesterday faced questioning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court over an alleged conspiracy to bribe Cambodia National Rescue Party acting leader Kem Sokha’s purported mistress to deny their relationship.

Court spokesman Ly Sophanna said Chakrya, a former senior official at rights group Adhoc, was grilled by investigating judge Theam Chanpiseth yesterday, but declined to reveal any details about the hearing.

“It is the right of the judge to interrogate the suspect,” Sophanna said.

Chakrya yesterday told Radio Free Asia that he refused to answer questions because his lawyer was absent.

His defence lawyer, Sam Sokong, could not be reached yesterday. The attorney has previously alleged the case against his client was based on illegal government phone taps.

The NEC deputy secretary-general was imprisoned together with four Adhoc staffers over the Sokha scandal.The charges have been widely criticised as a political move by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party against its critics.

MOST VIEWED

  • Restrictions re-imposed in capital as Covid cases surge

    Amid the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has shown no sign of subsiding with 750 infections and 10 deaths reported on June 2 alone, the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to re-impose the suspension of all occupations and business activities deemed as posing high risk of

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway 51% complete

    The construction of the nearly $2 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway is 51.35 per cent complete and is expected to be finished in 2023, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of state Vasim Sorya. Invested in by Cambodian PPSHV Expressway Co Ltd, the first expressway in

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy

  • US embassy guard gets Covid despite two doses of Pfizer jab

    The Covid-19 tracking commission on June 4 said a security guard at the US embassy in Phnom Penh had contracted the novel coronavirus, despite having received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot two weeks ago. Embassy spokesperson Chad Roedemeier confirmed the SARS-CoV-2 infection to The

  • Kingdom set to be a gold producer

    Cambodia will soon join the roster of gold producing countries after the government announced the commencement of commercial gold mining operations in the Okvau area in southwestern Mondulkiri province's Keo Seima district from June 21. Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 10 announced that after 14 years of