Adhoc President Thun Saray Appeals for Release Five Right Officers

(Phnom Penh): Adhoc president Thun Saray appealed for the release of his four senior officers and a former officer of Adhoc who allegedly bribed the alleged mistress of then-deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday from Canada through a video clip.

Thun Saray, president of human right group Adhoc, said in his video clip on Thursday that his officials did not take their own money to give to Khom Chandaraty called Srey Mom who claimed to have a sexual relationship with Kem Sokha, then- vice president of CNRP but they took that money from Adhoc. He wonders whether or not they engaged in corruption.

“When we saw teardrops of wives and children of the detainees who have been detained unjustly, I think that those people will be shocked,” said Mr. Saray.

Mr. Saray appealed the court to drop charges against his officers and a former officer. Meanwhile, he also appealed to release them soon.

Adhoc is Cambodia’s oldest human rights organization. The four detainees are the group’s head of monitoring Ny Sokha, his deputies Nay Vanda and Yi Soksan and senior investigator Lim Mony.

They were initially detained after questioning on April 28 last year and charged in May for allegedly bribing the alleged mistress of then-deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to deny an affair. Ny Chakrya, deputy secretary-general of the National Election Committee (NEC) and a former Adhoc employee, was accused of being an accomplice.

This morning, Sam Sokong, lawyer of Ny Chakrya, said that the Municipal Court extended the detention period by another six months after the detainees were questioned additionally to continue the investigation.

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