The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued a second summons for an opposition senator accused of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Sam Rainsy Party Senator Thak Lany, who the premier claimed damaged his reputation by suggesting he was involved in the murder of political analyst Kem Ley, must appear for questioning on August 17 after ignoring a summons on Monday, the document, dated August 8, states.
Speaking yesterday, Lany’s attorney, Sam Sokong, said he was not sure whether his client would turn up to face questioning, but said he would appear himself to present “strong evidence” that showed footage of her speaking had been edited.
“She has both her recording and a large number of witnesses that can state that she did not accuse [Hun Sen],” Sokong said.
Court spokesman Ly Sophanna declined to comment on whether authorities would arrest Lany if she again failed to show.