PHNOM PENH Former Cambodia opposition leader sued over Facebook post
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. –