Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Widows' case goes to court



Widows' case goes to court

Widows' case goes to court

Widows of Funcinpec military officers have formally brought their case in court,

accusing Second Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering their husbands' murder during

last July's coup.

On June 16, plaintiff's attorney Sok Pheng - filling in for Hun Sen's political rival

and lawyer Sam Rainsy - presented evidence at a brief hearing in the Kampong Speu

provincial court.

"I told the judge he is the independent court, so he has the full right to summon

anyone he likes for the trial investigation," Sok Pheng said.

He added that the judge seemed dubious about the case. "He complained, 'Oh,

this is a big story and related to the highest ranking and military officials, so

there is difficulty,'" Peng reported.

The evidence consisted of the "Memorandum to the Royal Government of Cambodia

of Summary Executions, Torture and Missing Persons Since 2-7 July 1997" dated

August 21, l997, from the Cambodia Office of the UN Center for Human Rights.

The accused would face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

The judge asked for cremation certificates of the three dead men - generals Krouch

Yoeum, Men Bunthorn and Chao Sambath - which Peng said he would try to procure from

the widows.

The widows were not present in court - "They are afraid," Rainsy said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Without shoes or a helmet, a young cyclist steals the show

    Pech Theara gripped the curved handlebars of his rusty old bike, planted his bare feet on its pedals and stormed as fast as he could towards the finish line. The odds were against him as the 13-year-old faced off against kids with nicer bikes at

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • PM dispels lockdown rumours, gifts masks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on November 12 denied rumours that he will lock down the country in response to increased Covid-19 fears, referring to them as propaganda aimed at destabilising the country. In a Facebook post, he said some people had spread rumours that the government

  • SilkAir adds flight to Phnom Penh schedule

    Silkair (Singapore) Pte Ltd is increasing its flight frequency between Phnom Penh and Singapore with a third weekly flight on Saturdays, according to Cambodia Airports’ Facebook page. The other flights offered are on Tuesdays and Sundays, with an estimated Phnom Penh arrival time at 5:35pm