Sam Rainsy is not backing down

11 Feb 2009
By Ung Chamroeun
Cambodge Soir Hebdo
Translated from French by Luc Sâr
Click here to read the article in French

The opposition leader said that he is ready to exhaust all legal venues in the alleged insult case against CPP officials in which he was fined 10 million riels ($2,500) by the National Election Committee (NEC).

Summoned by the deputy prosecutor of the Phnom Penh municipal court on Wednesday 11 Feb, Sam Rainsy declared that he is ready to pay the 10 million riels fine imposed upon him by the NEC, following a complaint brought up by the CPP for alleged insults Sam Rainsy leveled against 3 CPP leaders during the July 2008 election campaign. The NEC fine decision was also upheld by the Constitutional Council.

The opposition leader declared to a group of journalists present that he wished to obtain justice. “Money is not important me, but I want to exhaust all legal venues, up to the Supreme Court, or all the way to the pardon by the king. If at the end I must pay, I will do it,” Sam Rainsy indicated.

Sam Rainsy hopes that, in parallel to this case, the Phnom Penh municipal court will look into the complaints he brought up against several village chiefs and commune councilors for falsification of election lists.

He indicated that these village chiefs and commune councilors should be sentenced to 5 to 6 years of jail time if they are found guilty. “There must be a balance. The NEC sentenced me, but it must also look into my complaints,” Sam Rainsy added.

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