PH­NOM PENH For­mer Cam­bo­dia op­po­si­tion leader sued over Face­book post

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus - AP

A lawyer for Cam­bo­dia’s mil­i­tary filed a law­suit against for­mer op­po­si­tion leader Sam Rainsy on Thurs­day, a day af­ter the prime min­is­ter said he should be charged with trea­son over a so­cial me­dia post.

Lawyer Vong Pheakdey said the com­plaint filed in Ph­nom Penh Mu­nic­i­pal Court ac­cuses Sam Rainsy of in­cit­ing the mil­i­tary to not fol­low or­ders, in­sult­ing mil­i­tary lead­ers and caus­ing de­pres­sion of the armed forces. He urged the court to “strongly pun­ish” Sam Rainsy.

In a Face­book post on Tues­day, Sam Rainsy called on sol­diers not to obey any “dic­ta­tors” if they are or­dered to shoot in­no­cent peo­ple. He also men­tioned that Egypt’s for­mer leader was over­thrown by the armed forces.

Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen, who has ruled for more than 30 years, took is­sue with the post and said his for­mer po­lit­i­cal foe should be charged with trea­son.

The move comes amid an in­tense push by Hun Sen’s gov­ern­ment to neu­tralise po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and si­lence crit­ics ahead of an elec­tion next year, of­ten through the coun­try’s pli­ant courts. –

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