Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Suit filed over claim that Samrin's hometown 'in Vietnam'

Suit filed over claim that Samrin's hometown 'in Vietnam'

Royal Academy of Cambodia president Sok Touch speaks at an event yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Royal Academy of Cambodia president Sok Touch speaks at an event yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Suit filed over claim that Samrin's hometown 'in Vietnam'

An official with the obscure Khmer United Great Nation Party (KUGNP) filed a lawsuit yesterday against border researcher Sok Touch for suggesting last week that National Assembly President Heng Samrin’s home is in Vietnamese territory.

The complaint was filed to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court by Heang Kim Sroeun, vice president of the KUGNP, and accused the Royal Academy director of a slew of transgressions.

Kim Sroeun, whose party did not run in the 2017 commune elections, accused Touch of defamation, incitement to discriminate, insult to public officials, using counterfeit documents, giving fake information and treason.

On August 18, Touch said that Samrin’s Tbong Khmum hometown was actually in Vietnam according to map lines, a claim that was supported by CPP spokesman Sok Eysan.

Kim Sroeun, however, said Touch had “faked the history of Anlong Chrey village . . . which is the birthplace of Samdech Heng Samrin”, maintaining that Touch had accused Samrin of “grabbing Vietnamese land”.

Kim Sroeun said Touch’s speech was meant to “break national unity . . . or accuse some leaders and the government”.

Touch, who was recently promoted to the head of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, a promotion which carries a rank equivalent to a government minister, defended his comments.

“I am a scientific researcher, I speak the truth. Why blame me? This issue is not a secret,” he said yesterday, adding he will consider filing a countersuit.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for anyone who contracts the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron mutation or any other variant to convalesce or receive treatment at home or in any other reasonable non-healthcare setting. The new decision supersedes a restriction on home care for

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,