Sam Rainsy won lawsuit by Hor NamHong

30 April 2011
By Tin Zakariya
Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Ossdey
Click here to read the original article in Khmer

Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy indicated on 30 April that he won the lawsuit brought up by Hor NamHong, the minister of Foreign Affairs. The lawsuit was dismissed by the French “Cour de Cassation” (the equivalent of the Supreme Court) after Sam Rainsy’s appealed his case against Hor NamHong’s 2008 lawsuit.
Sam Rainsy said over the phone from France that his French lawyer told him that the French Supreme Court decided that he won the case over Hor NamHong, after Sam Rainsy appealed his case to the French Supreme Court. Hor NamHong won the case in the first instance court and in the appeal court. He accused Sam Rainsy of defamation after Sam Rainsy accused him of being the former Boeng Trabek jail chief under the Khmer Rouge regime.
Kar Savuth, Hor NamHong’s lawyer, said on 30 April that he did not know about this issue yet.

Sam Rainsy was sued by Hor NamHong in France after he commented on 17 April 2008 at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial that Hor NamHong was the former chief of Boeng Trabek jail under the KR regime.
The French first instance and appeal courst have both decided that Sam Rainsy lost his case to Hor NamHong and they both ordered Sam Rainsy to pay 1 euro (6,000 riels) in compensation to Hor 5 Hong for defamation.
However, at the end of 2010, Sam Rainsy appealed his case to the French Supreme Court. Sam Rainsy said that the Supreme Court had not issue an official confirmation to the case yet.
Regarding this case, on 25 April 2011, the Phnom Penh municipal court sentenced Sam Rainsy in absentia to 2-year of jail time and it ordered him to pay Hor NamHong 8 million riels ($2,000) for public defamation and incitation to hatred against a government official because Sam Rainsy accused Hor NamHong of being the former Boeng Trabek jail chief under the KR regime.
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