The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued an arrest warrant for the vice-president of the Khmer United Great Nation Party (KUGNP) and an activist associated with it after they were accused of incitement and insulting the Supreme Council for Consultations and Recommendations (SCCR).
KUGNP vice-president, Heang Kim Sroeun, and the activist, Thol Sophana, were recently sued by Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros for harming the SCCR.
Vice-president of the court and investigating judge Koy Sao confirmed he issued two warrants on Monday ordering the arrest of the pair, who he said were accused of incitement to commit serious crimes and insults on October 10, last year.
The suspects were thought to be living in Tuol Sangke village, Toul Sangke I commune, Russey Keo district, but according to a Tuol Sangke I administration police report, local police couldn’t locate them and don’t know their whereabouts.
Commune police chief Nong Sabong told The Post on Tuesday that the suspects don’t live in the commune.
“The actual residence is not in my location. I don’t know where they live,” said Sabong.
Sros told The Post on Tuesday that Sroeun had tried to stir people’s faith in the council by verbally insulting him and the whole council.
“The SCCR is an institution formed by the willingness of all political parties. He [Kim Sroeun] denied that we are an orderly body. But we are working hard for the sake of the nation and the people.
“As for Sophana, I don’t know where he has the data and evidence from, but he accused me of receiving $200,000 from the ruling party to help dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
“This is unacceptable because it ruins my reputation and also the reputation of the entire CYP.”
Sroeun could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.