Phnom Penh (FN), June 7 – Prime Minister Hun Sen and interior minister Sar Kheng are preparing lawsuits against Sam Rainsy to the French court over the accusations that the premier was a man behind the death of former police chief Hok Lundy, according to the government spokeman Phay Siphan on Friday, June 7.
“Hun Sen murdered the former police chief Hok Lundy by planting the bomb in the helicopter while he [Lundy] was flying over Svay Rieng province on 9 November 2008,” convict Sam Rainsy, former opposition leader in exile, wrote on Facebook on 2 June.
Rainsy added that: “Dy Vichea, the eldest son of Hok Lundy and in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen, is plotting a revenge against the Premier by cooperating with Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.”
On 3 June, Prime Minister Hun Sen challenged Rainsy to swear on the latter’s death and lives of family members and colleagues after Rainsy accused him of a man behind the incident. However, Rainsy rejected swearing the oath, speaking in an interview with VOA on 4 June.
Rainsy, whom the Premier addressed “dog of the traitor’s son”, stated that: “Samdech Techo always takes swearing as a joke; swearing is just for the kids.”
It is worth noting that swearing is a traditional practice of Cambodian people; it is also widely used in the legislative, executive, and judicial systems. Leaders and members of the three branches must swear the oath before the King prior to assuming the offices. In the court, the plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses must all take the oaths before testify. Likewise, the President of the United States and her military also took the oath before taking office.