Phnom Penh Municipal Court Sentences Former CNRP’s President Sam Rainsy in Absentia to 20 Months in Prison

(Phnom Penh): This morning, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced former CNRP’s president Sam Rainsy, who accused the government for the murder of Kem Ley, to one year and eight months in prison.
Presiding Judge Y Thavrak said that the court sentenced Sam Rainsy to one year and eight months in prison and charged him with defamation and incitement. He was fined ten million riel and ordered to pay 100 riel to the plaintiff.

The complaint against former opposition leader Rainsy accuses him of slandering the government and sparking incitement by describing Kem Ley’s killing as “act of state-sponsored terrorism” on a Facebook post soon after the critic’s murder at a Phnom Penh gas station on July 10, 2016.

Ky Tech, Samdech PM Hun Sen’s lawyer, told Swift News on Thursday, “I think that this sentence is a small one because his action is unreasonable and it has insulted the purified institute [CPP].”

He said that to appeal or not, it depends on leader of the Party who he will soon report to.

Sam Sokong, Sam Rainsy’s lawyer, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.



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