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Ruling scheduled in Rainsy appeal

Ruling scheduled in Rainsy appeal

A French appeal court is set to announce its ruling on May 20 on an appeal filed by opposition leader Sam Rainsy against his conviction for the defamation of Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) spokesman Yim Sovann said. A hearing in the case was held in Paris on Thursday. “We cannot predict the result of the appeal, but Sam Rainsy and his lawyer have submitted more evidence to the court,” he said. Hor Namhong filed a lawsuit against Sam Rainsy in France over passages in his autobiography that allegedly accuse the foreign minister of heading a prison camp during the Khmer Rouge era. Sam Rainsy was convicted of defamation in a French court last year and ordered to pay a symbolic one Euro (US$1.35) in damages.

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