>Sam Rainsy fined US$2,500 for Global Witness claim

>Sam Rainsy talking to reporters.

The Mekong Times

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC) on Monday upheld the National Election Committee (NEC)’s decision to fine Sam Rainsy 10 million riel (US$2,500) for jibes he made against the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) during the election campaign.

The fine was initiated by the Kompong Cham provincial election committee after a speech Sam Rainsy made in the province referenced the controversial Global Witness report “Cambodia’s Family Trees.”

The report alleges that the members of the nation’s leadership are implicated in illegal logging.
The complaint was filed against Sam Rainsy by Benson Samay and Kea Eav, who are lawyers for the CPP. Both lawyers disagreed with the CCC decision, claiming that the fine was too small, and asked that the NEC scrap Sam Rainsy’s name from the nation’s list of political candidates.
Yim Sovann, a lawmaker for the Sam Rainsy Party, said he was not surprised by the decision, claiming that the nation’s institutions “claiming to be democratic are in fact all governed by the CPP.”

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