Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rainsy charged with defamation




Rainsy charged with defamation

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A French court has charged former opposition leader Sam Rainsy with defamation for claiming that Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the killing of former National Police chief Hok Lundy. FN

Rainsy charged with defamation

A French court has charged former opposition leader Sam Rainsy with defamation for claiming that Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the killing of former National Police chief Hok Lundy.

Two separate complaints were filed by Hun Sen and Dy Vichea, the deputy National Police chief and a son of Lundy.

Rainsy, the self-proclaimed “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), lives in exile in France to avoid a slew of charges against him in the Kingdom on top of the defamation case in France.

Ky Tech, a lawyer representing the government, told The Post on Thursday that according to a letter received from lawyers in France, an investigating judge of the Paris criminal court decided on June 8 to charge Rainsy with defamation.

“Our Cambodian government lawyers received this news according to a clearly stamped letter in French about the charge against Sam Rainsy, and this is true,” he said.

The one-page letter translated from French said the charge against Rainsy covered what was mentioned in Hun Sen’s complaint dated August 20 last year. The letter further stated the prosecution of Rainsy in Paris is inevitable.

“A French investigating judge found that there is sufficient evidence that Sam Rainsy committed the crime as accused. Rainsy didn’t oppose the charge, according to the letter,” Tech said.

Hun Sen and Vichea brought the two separate legal cases against Rainsy with the French courts after he wrote online that the prime minister killed Lundy by ordering the explosion of a helicopter that Lundy boarded from Phnom Penh to Svay Rieng in 2008.

Rainsy also alleged that Lundy’s son Vichea and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng were planning to take revenge on Hun Sen.

Rainsy told The Post on Thursday that he has not responded to the ruling.

However, he claimed Hun Sen had fallen into his trap and that the case gave him a “golden opportunity” to reveal the criminal acts of Hun Sen and his family in front of an independent court.

Rainsy alleged that the criminal acts he would reveal in court include the March 30, 1997, hand-grenade attacks on a demonstration in front of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh.

His revelations will also include the alleged secret killing of beloved classical dancer Piseth Pilika in 1999 by Hun Sen’s wife Bun Rany, and the killings of trade union leader Chea Vichea, forestry activist Chut Wutty and political analyst Kem Ley.

“In fact, this complaint by Hun Sen brings us hope in our struggle to end impunity in Cambodia,” he claimed.

Government spokesperson Phay Siphan said what Rainsy wants is to distort the truth to mislead the public. He said the French court’s decision is based on facts.

“Sam Rainsy is a politician who has no shame. He only distorts the truths and fabricates lies to make [people] confused. That’s his skill,” he said.

Watch video:

MOST VIEWED

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that