SAY Bory will give up his elected position as President of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Bar Association at the end of February, assuming that a replacement can be elected
by the nation's lawyers.
"I have decided to step down for personal reasons," he said in a Jan 23
A general assembly of the bar will gather Feb 28 to select Bory's replacement, but
if candidates do not step forward at least one month before, Bory said he may be
required to stay on longer.
"Many members have come to ask me to change my decision. They have asked me
to continue until the end of the [two year] mandate in October," he said.
Nonetheless, Bory, 58, said he will leave. The nation's top lawyer, who has previously
expressed an interest in starting his own political party, said that he is not yet
ready to enter the political fray.
"Right now, I do not intend to enter into politics. I will stand outside of
politics so that I can meditate about Buddhism."
Most recently, Bory has been involved in contentious negotiations with foreign-funded
legal aid organizations over the Bar Association's desire to place controls on their
right to offer legal protection to Cambodia's poor.
A former Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party secretary of state for relations with
parliament, Bory was also a KPNLF delegate to Europe and a constitutional adviser
Most prominently, Bory defended former Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Norodom
Sirivudh against charges that he plotted to kill Second Prime Minister Hun Sen in
After receiving death threats in connection with the case, Bory put up what appeared
to be a token defense and Sirivudh was convicted in absentia and sentenced to 10
The case, which numerous legal observers labeled a farce, was not appealed because
Sirivudh felt the case was politically-motivated.