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Sam Rainsy summoned to high court

Sam Rainsy Party President, Mr. Sam Rainsy
The supreme Court has summoned opposition leader Sam Rainsy to appear
for a hearing on February 16 in connection with his conviction for
uprooting border demarcation posts in Svay Rieng province in October
2009.

In January last year, Svay Rieng provincial court
sentenced the Sam Rainsy Party president in absentia to two years jail
for destroying public property and racial incitement, a conviction that
was upheld by the Appeal Court last October.

The Appeal Court
also released two villagers – Meas Srey and Prum Chea – sentenced to a
year in prison in connection with the incident.

According to a
citation issued on January 21 by Supreme Court Deputy General
Prosecutor Chhoun Chantha, Sam Rainsy has been summoned to appear at
8am with his lawyer Choung Choungy and the two villagers.

Choung
Choungy said yesterday he has already asked for a postponement from the
court. “Any day is okay provided that the court summons me next time,”
he said.

He added that the appeal was filed to the Supreme
Court late last year on behalf of Sam Rainsy, who is now living in
self-exile in France.

“I have filed a grievance complaint to the
Supreme Court to cancel the decision of the Appeal Court. I cannot say
whether I am hopeful or not, but I will try my best to defend my
clients,” Choung Choungy said.

“I would like to request the court to judge according to an independent stance. Don’t be under the influence of anyone.”

In
a separate case, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Sam Rainsy to an
additional 10 years jail in September, after convicting him of
disinformation and falsifying public documents.

The charges
stemmed from evidence he publicised on the SRP’s website and in video
press conferences following his January conviction that also alleged
Vietnamese encroachment on Cambodian territory.

Choung Choungy
said an appeal against the conviction had been forwarded to the Appeal
Court, but that a hearing date has not yet been set.

Chhoun Chantha could not be reached on Wednesday.

Phnom Penh Post
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