>Election body seeks Cambodian opposition leader’s pay cut

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Cambodia’s National Election Committee has requested that parliament cut off lawmaker Sam Rainsy’s salary, after the opposition leader failed to pay a fine for insulting leaders of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party during this year’s national election campaign.

The Phnom Penh Post says that in a letter to Assembly president Heng Samrin, the NEC said Sam Rainsy had yet to be punished for violating electoral law during campaigning.

The fine resulted from speeches given by Sam Rainsy (pictured) referring to a report by the environmental watchdog Global Witness on illegal logging.

This Post says it implicated a number of high-ranking officials and relatives of Prime Minister Hun Sen in corrupt activities.

The report, titled Cambodia’s Family Trees, was banned in Cambodia following its publication in January 2007.

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