Former Opposition Leader to Face Another Legal Action

Cambodian authorities are considering taking a legal measure against the self-imposed exile former opposition leader, Mr. Sam Rainsy.

In a video footage shared on Facebook recently, Mr. Sam Rainsy announced to cut Cambodia's northeastern provinces of Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, Stung Treng, and Kratie to the Degar, known as Montagnard, the indigenous groups in Central Highlands of Vietnam, when the opposition party takes over the power.

H.E. Gen. Khieu Sopheak, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, did not answer to AKP's call today, but he told local media yesterday that the Interior Ministry is looking at the legal aspect against Mr. Sam Rainsy.

The spokesperson said after seeing the agreement reached in 2013 between Mr. Sam Rainsy and Kok Ksor, head of the Degar in the United States, he as a Cambodian people felt very hurt by this cheap act which betrays the nation, the constitution and the Cambodian people in exchange of his own power.

For his part, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice H.E. Kim Santepheap told AKP that Mr. Sam Rainsy would face a life sentence. Based on the constitution, Cambodia's territory cannot be divided. Those who dare to divide the territory will be put behind bars. According to the Article 440 of the criminal code, Sam Rainsy is accused of national treason which would cost him a life imprisonment, he said.

According to the video footage posted on Rithy Erng's Facebook account on Mar. 6, 2018, Mr. Sam Rainsy ensured to Kok Ksor that under the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP)-led government, the Degar people will live as free citizens of Cambodia, their forests, their mountains will be returned to them as the masters of the land [...].

Mr. Sam Rainsy has faced a lawsuit from the military sector, after he has tried again and again to call on the army to turn their cannons to oppose the legal government, beside other arrest warrants for defamation, incitement for discrimination, and for faking Cambodia-Vietnam border treaty.

Mr. Sam Rainsy is former president of the former opposition CNRP from its establishment on July 17, 2012 until he resigned on Feb. 11, 2017.

Mr. Sam Rainsy has been spending almost of his political career abroad by self-imposed exile to avoid jail sentences.

In 2016, Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced him in absentia to five years in prison over posting a fake 1979 border treaty on Facebook.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press