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 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.”