The Phnom Penh Post

Ex-SRP Senator given ministry job post-pardon


THAK Lany, a former Senator for the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) who has recently returned to the Kingdom after receiving a royal pardon, has been appointed as secretary of state for the Ministry of National AssemblySe­nate Relations and Inspection­s.

The appointmen­t was made official in a royal decree singed by King Norodom Sihamoni on June 12.

Lany received a royal pardon in March this year following a request from Prime Minister Hun Sen. The pardon came four years after she fled Cambodia to avoid serving her sentence for a criminal conviction.

Back in November 2016, she was convicted and sentenced to 18 months imprisonme­nt by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for defamation and incitement to cause social chaos.

The case stemmed from her comments made in a public forum in Ratanakkir­i province’s Lumphat district, where she accused Prime Minister

Hun Sen of orchestrat­ing the murder of political analyst Kem Ley who was shot dead on July 10, 2016.

The Appeal Court and Supreme Court upheld the sentence in 2017 and 2018, respective­ly.

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FACEBOOK Ex-SRP Senator Thak Lany.

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