Gov’t files ev­i­dence at top court

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Mech Dara and An­drew Nachem­son

FOUR lawyers from the Min­istry of In­te­rior filed ad­di­tional ev­i­dence against the op­po­si­tion CNRP at the Supreme Court yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing a list of 117 politi­cians to be banned from pol­i­tics if the party is dis­solved.

KyTech, one of the four lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the min­istry, told re­porters that three new pieces of ev­i­dence were sub­mit­ted.

The Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party is fac­ing pos­si­ble dis­so­lu­tion at a hear­ing on Thurs­day un­der the con­tro­ver­sial Law on Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties af­ter party Pres­i­dent Kem Sokha and other se­nior lead­ers were ac­cused of col­lud­ing with the US to top­ple the gov­ern­ment.

A widely crit­i­cised round of amend­ments to the law, forced through by the rul­ing Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party ear­lier this year, banned con­victed crim­i­nals from as­so­ci­at­ing with the party. Re­cent ex­am­ples of for­mer party Pres­i­dent Sam Rainsy – who has a host of po­lit­i­cally tinged con­vic­tions to his name – as­so­ci­at­ing with the CNRP were added to the ev­i­dence yes­ter­day, as was pur­ported ev­i­dence of Sokha’s daugh­ter, Kem Monovithya, speak­ing about re­ceiv­ing for­eign sup­port.

“We have filed a lot of strong ev­i­dence,” Tech said, adding that the CNRP will be dis­solved “100 per­cent”.

Monovithya yes­ter­day said that as the head of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions for the CNRP, she com­mu­ni­cated with for­eign gov­ern­ments as part of her job, adding that the gov­ern­ment was “fur­ther mak­ing a fool of them­selves” with the new charges.

Mean­while,Yoeurng Sot­heara, le­gal ex­pert at elec­tion watch­dog Com­frel, said that the law doesn’t ac­tu­ally give the gov­ern­ment au­thor­ity to ban peo­ple from pol­i­tics, but only to sus­pend par­ties them­selves for five years.

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