(27-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

CPP Files Another Defamation Case Against Rainsy The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has once again issued a warrant summoning Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Rainsy for a hearing in July, this time over a defamation case filed by National Assembly president Heng Samrin.

The CNRP president is now in self-imposed exile in France after a warrant was issued for his arrest over a 2008 defamation case filed by Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Foreign Minister Hor Namhong in November last year.

(27-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Adhoc on Defensive after Accusations Rights group Adhoc has no plans to file a complaint against Khom Chandaraty, the alleged mistress of acting opposition president Kem Sokha, despite her accusing various members of encouraging her to give false testimony during police questioning earlier this month.

The NGO that provided their accuser with legal council is, however, prepared to present evidence in their defense to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), members of Adhoc said yesterday. On April 25 the ACU issued a summons to Ms. Chandaraty’s former lawyer Try Chhoun for questioning today and tomorrow as well as to Adhoc official Lim Mony, Adhoc’s head of monitoring Ny Sokha and both deputy heads of investigation at the organization, Yi Soksan and Nay Vanda.

(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Only Virak suit in works: CPP A day after prominent political commentator Ou Virak was slapped with a defamation complaint, a Cambodian People’s Party spokesman said the filing of cases against people who maligned the party would be limited to Virak – for now.

Sok Eysan, himself a complainant in the case, said that while no other suits were planned at the moment, the party would keep an eye out for analysts and commentators who, as in Virak’s case, allegedly twisted the truth and hurt the CPP’s dignity.

(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Banned Chut Wutty film screened in capital Despite a government ban, a documentary about Chut Wutty was screened at several locations around Phnom Penh yesterday to mark the fourth anniversary of the environmentalist’s murder – but not without some interference.

The Ministry of Culture last week ordered the managers of the Meta House Café not to show the film on the grounds that the film had not been submitted for approval.

(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Adhoc denies ‘Srey Mom’ allegations Rights group Adhoc defended itself yesterday against allegations it had asked 24-year-old hairdresser Khom Chandaraty to lie about her alleged affair with CNRP acting president Kem Sokha, calling on Chandaraty to retract the claim.

At a press conference yesterday, Adhoc director Thun Saray said the organisation had extended Chandaraty legal services because she was distressed and scared when she approached them, but was taken aback when she changed her statement while appearing before the public prosecutor.

(27-April-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Asking about RCAF envelopes could be crime, says ACU boss The sons of Om Yentieng – the Anti-Corruption Unit chief who is personally spearheading widely criticised probes into opposition figures and members of civil society – have been promoted to “assistants” to the body and given higher ranks.

Slammed as “nepotistic” by one transparency advocate, news of the promotion came as Yentieng threatened legal action against yet another opposition figure, Khmer Power Party (KPP) president Sourn Seray Ratha, who had asked the anti-graft boss to clarify what was in envelopes he distributed to soldiers in Preah Vihear province on April 6.

(27-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Hun Sen Says Peace Trumps Free Expression A day after the ruling party filed a defamation complaint against one of the country’s most prominent political commentators, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday defended limitations on freedom of speech as being necessary for peace and stability.

(27-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Amid Sokha Probe, Maimed Starlet Speaks Out Feeding rice porridge to her young niece outside Phnom Penh’s Olympic Market in 1999, Tat Marina, then the 15-year-old mistress of CPP official Svay Sitha, was dragged to the ground by the official’s wife, who then poured a liter of flesh-eating nitric acid on her.

The savage act of revenge carried out in broad daylight left Ms. Marina’s lips burned to blisters; the skin on her face, neck, back, chest and wrists melted. Doctors had to remove her ears, and the music video star could not talk for months after.

(27-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Rights Group Says Anti-Corruption Unit’s Claims Baseless Adhoc president Thun Saray on Tuesday defended his rights group’s pro-bono legal representation of the alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, who last week rescinded her denials of the affair and accused Adhoc staff of convincing her to lie.

Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng has summoned five of Adhoc’s rights workers, a U.N. official, an election administrator and a women’s rights advocate for questioning this week over Khom Chandaraty’s claim they urged her to lie about the affair.

(26-April-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Sex, Lies, Audio Tapes and the ACU It was a hectic day at the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) yesterday, with the nine employees of various nongovernmental organizations summoned after being accused by Khom Chandaraty of encouraging her to lie to police about audio tapes of intimate conversations she now says were between her and Kem Sokha, acting president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Five separate summonses were issued yesterday following the arrest of an opposition commune chief on Sunday after he said that he had given Ms. Chandaraty’s mother $500 to encourage her daughter to remain silent about allegations that she had had an affair with Mr. Sokha.