Pich Sros called to court to clar­ify Ley com­plaint

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Yon Sineat

PICH Sros, president of the Cam­bo­dian Youth Party (CYP), ap­peared be­fore Ph­nom Penh Mu­nic­i­pal Court yes­ter­day for ques­tion­ing over his com­plaint against ac­tivist monk But Bun­tenh, in­de­pen­dent me­dia ad­vo­cate Pa Nguon Teang and labour rights ac­tivist Moeun Tola.

“The prose­cu­tor called me in to ask ques­tions, to ex­pand more on my com­plaint and the pur­pose of my com­plaint,” Sros said out­side of court yes­ter­day.

The com­plaint stems from al­le­ga­tions that Bun­tenh, Nguon Teang and Tola em­bez­zled money raised for the late Kem Ley’s fu­neral stupa, fol­low­ing the po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst’s as­sas­si­na­tion.

“Af­ter the fu­neral and cer­e­mony [the fam­ily] only had $4,000 to $5,000 ... Kem Ley got sup­port from be­tween two to three mil­lion peo­ple. Why don’t they have more money?” Sros added.

Tola, the di­rec­tor of NGO Cen­tral, de­nied any wrong­do­ing in han­dling funds to hon­our Ley.

“I don’t know who [Sros] is. He’s not in­volved in the fu­neral com­mit­tee and he’s not a rel­a­tive of Kem Ley,” Tola said.

“T h e c o mmi t t e e o n l y planned lo­gis­tics and pro­vided the idea to or­gan­ise the fu­neral … We did not keep or re­ceive do­na­tions,” he said, adding that he has not yet been con­tacted by the court.

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Cam­bo­dian Youth Party President Pich Sros stands out­side the Ph­nom Penh Mu­nic­i­pal Court yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing sum­monsed to pro­vide de­tails in a law­suit filed against sev­eral ac­tivists.

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