Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - SRP senator’s trial commences

SRP senator’s trial commences

Seang Chet is escorted through the Phnom Penh Appeal Court grounds in July before a hearing.
Seang Chet is escorted through the Phnom Penh Appeal Court grounds in July before a hearing. Pha Lina

SRP senator’s trial commences

Opposition Senator Thak Lany’s defamation trial commenced on Friday afternoon, with the prosecution warning defence witnesses against perjury during questioning.

The Sam Rainsy Party senator, whose whereabouts are unknown, is being sued for defamation and incitement by Prime Minister Hun Sen for allegedly suggesting that the premier was behind the killing of political analyst Kem Ley while addressing supporters in Ratanakkiri province.

Sam Sokong, who is representing Lany, said he was not happy with the prosecutor Ly Sophanna’s repeated interruptions of his questioning of three defence witnesses, in which the prosecutor admonished them to be careful with their testimonies.

“The defence lawyer can ask questions to find justice for the defendant, but the prosecutor kept rejecting my questions,” he said, speaking to reporters after the hearing.

The prosecution’s case was based on a purported video recording of Lany’s interactions with supporters, though Sokong maintains he has a different recording that he will present when the trial resumes on November 2 to establish his client’s innocence.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, jailed Sam Rainsy Party commune chief Seang Chet’s trial was postponed. Chet, who has been jailed since April, is facing bribery charges related to acting CNRP president Kem Sokha’s alleged sex scandal. Chet is charged with paying Sokha’s alleged mistress’ mother, Seang Lot, $500 on behalf of the opposition leader.

Friday’s trial was postponed until November 11 because none of the witnesses were present in court, with the defence requesting that Sokha’s alleged mistress, Khom Chandaraty, also be summonsed.

MOST VIEWED

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Textile industry minimum wage now $200

    The official minimum wage for workers in textile-related sectors including garment, footwear, and travel goods for 2023 was pegged at $198, with Prime Minister Hun Sen stepping in to add $2 to the total, making it $200 per month. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training made the announcement