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Opposition Leader Prepares Suits Against Hun Sen

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he is preparing to file more
complaints against Prime Minister Hun Sen, similar to allegations he has
already made in a New York court.
“I have met my lawyer to prepare lawsuits against Hun Sen for killing
many people on several occasions,” Sam Rainsy told VOA Khmer in an
interview last week, without elaborating. “He was involved in these
crimes, including crimes against humanity.”
Sam Rainsy alleges Hun Sen was responsible for the deaths of people
sent to clear forests along the Thai border in the 1980s, where they met
with malaria and other diseases and land mines.
“I would like to appeal to all people in Cambodia or overseas who
lived through K5, who witnessed the events, or who fell victims
themselves, to come together now,” he said.
There are no official figures on how many people died curing the K5
campaign. Sam Rainsy’s complaints follow victory for him in a French
court in a defamation case brought by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, who
had alleged Sam Rainsy had unfairly claimed he had led a Khmer Rouge
camp.
Sam Rainsy said his victory in that case “opens the way for me to
file more complaints. This time not against Hor Namhong, but Hun Sen.”
Sam Rainsy said he plans to file his first complaint in a court in Geneva later this month.
The opposition leader remains in self-imposed exile and faces a raft
of criminal prison sentences related to demonstrations on the Vietnamese
border in 2009. With elections approaching in 2012 and 2013, Hun Sen
has said there will be no political settlement of those cases.
Sam Rainsy said “modern technology” allows him to maintain daily
contact with his supporters. But he added that his party was working to
pressure the current government to secure his return ahead of elections.
Observers have noted that without the presence of the main opposition
leader, the upcoming elections may not be perceived as free or fair.
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Hun Sen warns SRP over potential leaks

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned the leader of the Sam Rainsy Party
that documents relating to secret talks held between the premier and its
leader after 2003 are in existence.

The disclosure, made at a
graduation ceremony at the Royal School of Administration in Phnom Penh
yesterday, follows a leak of a recording late last month of a 2007
discussion involving Human Rights Party. On the recording, its president
Ken Sokha can be heard asking Hun Sen for assistance in securing use of
the Olympic Stadium for a party conference.

The SRP, the
Kingdom’s largest opposition party, seized on the recording as evidence
of alleged collusion between the two parties and said that flagging
negotiations on an SRP-HRP merger would be halted as a result.

Yesterday, Hun Sen insinuated that evidence of a three-hour talk conducted after 2003 with Sam Rainsy was also in existence.


Sam Rainsy – don’t forget what you have talked with me [about]


Hun Sen said Sam Rainsy met him at his Takhmao home, in Kandal province, to talk over a potential amendment to the constitution.

The
amendment to reduce the required parliamentary majority needed to
govern outright from two thirds to 50 percent plus one was passed in
2006 – effectively reducing the CPP’s need for a coalition partner.

“With
Sam Rainsy [there are] plenty [of documents]. If they were leaked,
there would be a bunch,” Hun Sen said yesterday, adding he had held many
“secret conversations” with Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha in the past.

“Sam Rainsy – don’t forget what you have talked with me [about],” he said.

SRP
spokesman Yim Sovann yesterday dismissed any talk of “secret deals”
between the SRP and the CPP stating that he was “not interested” in the
Prime Minister’s statement.

He claimed that the premier was
attempting to create an atmosphere of suspicion around the SRP, but
party supporters would see through it.

Ou Virak, president of the
Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, said the comments seemed to be a
political ‘‘game’’ that would “not make [for] strong development of the
nation”.

 

SRP claims ‘political’ murder

June 3, 2011 Leave a comment
One man was arrested yesterday following the beating death of a Sam
Rainsy Party commune official in Kandal province, amid competing claims
from police and the opposition party over whether the killing was
politically motivated.
The son of murdered SRP commune official Ouk Chhanteak places lighted
incense sticks next to his father’s body yesterday in Kandal province.
Photo by: Pha Lina
The 64-year-old Ouk Chhanteak, second
commune councillor in Kien Svay district’s Chhoeu Teal commune, was
bludgeoned to death at around 10pm on Wednesday evening as he returned
home from patrolling the area, SRP officials said. His body was
reportedly dumped roughly one kilometre from the site where he was
attacked, with his motorbike, camera and telephone having been stolen.

Kien
Svay district police chief Pa Sam Eth said yesterday that one of three
suspects in the case had been arrested yesterday afternoon, adding that
police believe the incident was a robbery that was unrelated to
politics.

“The suspect we arrested already admitted in front of
us that he and another two men really robbed the victim for his
motorbike,” Pa Sam Eth said. “Now we know the identities of the other
two and we are investigating to arrest them.”

The SRP alleged,
however, that the murder was connected to Ouk Chhanteak’s work on behalf
of the opposition. “The murder was related to [a] political case
because Mr Ouk Chhantak was the most popular SRP second commune
councillor in his commune and would become a commune chief in [the]
upcoming commune election [in] 2012,” the SRP cabinet said in a
statement yesterday.

“The Sam Rainsy Party would like to appeal to the authorities at all levels to take action to arrest the murderers.”

Chan
Cheng, an SRP lawmaker representing Kandal, said Ouk Chhanteak had
always “worked to serve the people without taking money”.

“Three
days before his murder, he said the SRP was not worried about the
upcoming election because he will be elected commune chief,” Chan Cheng
said. “He is very popular in Chhoeu Teal commune.”

Chan Cheng
added that Ouk Chhanteak’s killers had not removed a pair of rings from
his fingers, expressing doubt that the case was a simply a violent
theft. But Pa Sam Eth said the missing motorbike was clear evidence of a
robbery, dismissing Chan Cheng’s allegations.

“It is his right
to say that, but based on our assessment, we see that this case is a
robbery,” Pa Sam Eth said. “We are not indifferent and we are going to
find the murderers.”

Men Makara, an investigator based in Kandal
for the local rights group Adhoc, said an investigation is required
before a determination is made on whether or not the killing was
politically motivated.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY SAM RITH

Phnom Penh Post
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Cambodian opposition leader to speak in Lowell Saturday

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

LOWELL — A Cambodian opposition leader and two other members of parliament will be in Lowell Saturday to discuss ongoing human-rights abuses in Cambodia.
Sam Rainsy, leader of the Sam Rainsy Party and generally considered the main rival to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, will appear with fellow SRP legislators Tok Vanchan and Tioulong Sumura, Rainsy’s wife, on Saturday, from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Sunny Da Restaurant, 450 Chelmsford St.
Rainsy, formerly a member of the Cambodian National Assembly, has most recently been living in self-imposed exile in Australia. In March, the Cambodian Supreme Court upheld Rainsy’s conviction on charges of inciting racial discrimination and uprooting border markings with neighboring Vietnam.
Shortly after the court’s ruling, the National Assembly released a statement revoking Rainsy’s “rights, privileges and membership as member of parliament.”
The conviction upheld by the Supreme Court carries with it a two-year prison sentence and, when combined with an unrelated 10-year sentence for publishing a false map of the border with Vietnam.
Since 2009, Rainsy has maintained he was leading demonstrations on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border to protest what he believes is Vietnamese encroachment on Cambodian land.
A Rainsy Party spokesman criticized the National Assembly decree as a political move by a parliament dominated by MPs from Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party. In the past, the Rainsy

Party and the NGO Cambodian Center for Human Rights have asserted that Rainsy’s convictions were an attempt to keep him from participating in Cambodia’s 2013 national election.

Hun Sen, 59, has held power in Cambodia for a quarter-century and, according to some, has vowed to remain in power until he is 90 years old.
Rainsy plans to discuss those issues, as well as what he calls ongoing human-rights abuses in Cambodia, suppression of the Cambodian media and the future of the country.
For more information, email Chhan Touch atchhantouch@comcast.net.
Lowell Sun
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BREAKING NEWS: Hor Namhong Finally Lost His Lawsuit Against Sam Rainsy In Paris

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment
HOR NAMHONG FINALLY LOST HIS LAWSUIT AGAINST SAM RAINSY IN PARIS
Hor Namhong vs. Sam Rainsy

The
French Supreme Court (“Cour de Cassation”) reportedly overruled earlier
this week previous judicial decisions related to the defamation lawsuit
filed by Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong against opposition
leader Sam Rainsy in Paris. Therefore, Hor Namhong has finally and
definitively lost his lawsuit against Sam Rainsy who accuses him of
being a former Khmer Rouge leader responsible for the death of many
people.

 
Breaking news
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Sam Rainsy Party Plans Screening of Chea Vichea Film

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment
A scene from the documentary “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” Chea Vichea, a
popular Cambodian union leader, was assassinated on January 22, 2004 in
Phnom Penh.  Photo: Courtesy of Producers of ” Who Killed Chea Vichea?”
The Sam Rainsy Party has scheduled a screening of a controversial
film about slain labor leader Chea Vichea at its party headquarters for
International Labor Day, May 1.
“Who Killed Chea Vichea?” is sharply critical of a police
investigation that followed the 2004 murder of the activist and the
subsequent jailing of two men widely considered innocent.
Authorities have banned a public screening of the film, calling it illegal.
However, SRP lawmaker Mu Sochua said Friday the screening was an
important opportunity for workers to understand the death of Chea
Vichea.
Party president Sam Rainsy will also speak to workers via video conference, she said.
“We must find justice for the late Chea Vichea,” she said. “And we
must remember his bravery in struggling and demanding the rights of
workers.
Chea Vichea was the charismatic leader of the powerful Free Trade
Union of Workers before he was gunned down outside a newspaper kiosk in
Phnom Penh in 2004. His brother, Chea Mony, assumed his mantel.
“This film screening is a message to workers that we must struggle,”
Chea Mony said Friday. “We must sacrifice, and then we will get our
legal rights.”
Sam Rainsy Party headquarters are not a public place, but Khieu
Sopheak, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said the party
“should not make trouble” while Cambodia is engaged in a border conflict
with Thailand.
Source: VOA News
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Cambodian court sentences opposition leader to 2 years in jail

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) — The Phnom Penh Municipal
Court on Monday sentenced the exiled opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in
absentia to 2 years in jail and fined 2,000 U.S. dollars for public
defamation and inciting discrimination, according to the verdict.
The charges were brought under the new criminal code and stem from
comments that Sam Rainsy, president of the Sam Rainsy Party, made the
speech on April 17, 2008, saying that the current Cambodian Deputy
Prime Minister Hor Namhong, minister of foreign affairs, was formerly
the chief of Boeung Trabek prison in the Khmer Rouge regime.
“Sam Rainsy’s claims are groundless and incite discrimination
against government officials,” said the verdict read by the presiding
judge Seng Neang on Monday.
“The verdict is just and brings cleanness to my client,” Ka Savuth,
the lawyer for Hor Namhong, told reporters after the verdict
announcement.
Hor Namhong won a similar suit in France in 2008 that levied a
symbolic fine of 1 euro on Sam Rainsy for comments in his autobiography
“Rooted In The Stone.”
Sam Rainsy, 60, who is currently living in exile in France, has
already been sentenced in absentia up to 12 years in prison for
vandalism after he uprooted border marks with Vietnam on October 29,
2009 and for forging public documents and disseminating false
information relating to a map of the border between Cambodia and
Vietnam.
 
He was stripped of his parliamentary seat last month as a result of the convictions.
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