Sunday, October 18, 2009

No Fear’ of Sam Rainsy, Hor Namhong Claims



Written by DAP NEWS -- Sunday, 18 October 2009

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong on Saturday told reporters that he has no fear of Cambodia´s main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, referring to an ongoing defamation case passed to the French Appeal Court. The French court has delayed the hearing until March 2010.

One source claimed that Sam Rainsy is collecting evidence to better fight his case.

“I don’t fear at all about the evidence he is collecting right now,” Hor Namhong told reporters after returning with PM Hun Sen from China.

“I tell journalists and NGOs that if the court in France condemns Sam Rainsy, do not raise objections about freedom of speech as he accused me of a very serious criminal offense,” Hor Namhong added, referring to Sam Raoinsy’s alleged accusation that Hor Namhong was a member of the Khmer Rouge (KR), and was at one point in charge of one of the KR’s sinister ‘re-education’ centers.

Sam Rainsy could not be reached for comment on Saturday. SRP Secretary-General Keo Sovannaroth told DAP News Cambodia that the issue is personal so she cannot comment.
Hor Namhong has filed a defamation lawsuit against Sam Rainsy in a French court following the publication in France of Rooted in Stone, a book by the opposition leader that included the controversial allegations.

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