By Chea Makara
Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Khmerization
Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong has confirmed that he had lodged a defamation and disinformation law suit against Mr. Sam Rainsy in the French court in relation to Mr. Sam Rainsy’s speech which alleged that Mr. Hor Namhong was the chief of the Boeng Trabek Prison during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Mr. Hor Namhong had confirmed this law suit in a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the morning of the 27th of June.
Mr Hor Namhong Said: “If we let the Khmer court judge this case, people will say that the Khmer court is biased. So we decided to go to the French court, and wait to see what the people will say about that?”
Mr Sam Rainsy was happy that this case has been brought to the French court which he considered to be more independent than the Cambodian court. He added that the court hearing will take place next year.
Mr Sam Rainsy said: “The French courts are independent, the French courts don’t listen to the dictators like the courts in Cambodia. I’m so happy that I have the opportunity to expose the truth, to show the evidence as well as to bring the witnesses to testify as to who played what role during the Khmer Rouge regime. I have waited for this opportunity for a long time. I’m very happy that I have an opportunity to challenge him in a French court. It is only in the Cambodian courts that we cannot win any case against any Cambodian government leaders.”
At the same time Mr. Hor Namhong has announced that he has withdrawn a law suit against Mr. Dam Sith, a Sam Rainsy Party MP candidate and an editor of the Moneaksekar Khmeer newspaper. Mr. Dam Sith was arrested on the 8th of June and was released a week later when PM Hun Sen intervened.
The international community was concerned that the law suits against Mr. Dam Sith and Mr. Sam Rainsy will affect the upcoming election which will be held on the 27th of July 2008.