Cambodian court orders exiled ex-opposition leader to pay $1m for defamation

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Sam Rainsy, Opposition Party Leader

A Cambodian court on Friday ordered exiled ex-opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, to pay $1 million in compensation to Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, in a defamation case.

Hun Sen filed a defamation suit against Sam Rainsy, former President of the now-defunct Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in January.

The exiled opposition leader had accused the prime minister of giving $1 million to social media celebrity, Thy Sovantha, to attack the then-CNRP.

In the lawsuit, the prime minister demanded a compensation of $1 million from Sam Rainsy.

“After examining document and evidence, the court found Sam Rainsy guilty of defaming Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

“The court ordered him to pay 4 billion riel ($1 million) to the prime minister,’’ Phnom Penh Municipal Court presiding judge, Heng Sokna, read in a verdict after a…



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