Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 27 - Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh decided on 27 August 2019 to eliminate Pheng Vannak from the army.

According to the defense ministry’s decision, Vannak violated army’s general orders.

“According to the rules and orders, those who have been convicted could not enter or no longer serve in military,” according to defense spokesman Chhum Socheat.

Facebook user Pheng Vannak admitted in a hearing on Friday, 14 June 2019 that he insulted Fresh News media institution.

Vannak stated “I publicly defamed Fresh News which affected the prestige of Fresh News due to my undrafted speech and anger during Facebook Live.”

Vannak was charged with public defamation.