Phnom Penh (FN), Sept. 13 – Phnom Penh court prosecutor decided to charge former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for insulting His Majesty the King; and request for temporary detention.
“I decided to charge Sam Rainsy, send the case to investigating judge, and request for temporary detention against him,” prosecutor Keo Sothea told Fresh News CEO Lim Chea Vutha.
The decision was made following Ministry of Justice’s order on Saturday.
“Sam Rainsy’s words have serious impacts on the reputation of His Majesty the King of Cambodia, who is highly respected by all the Khmer people,” according to the justice minister’s letter addressed to prosecutor attached to Phnom Penh court dated Friday.
"The serious insults against His Majesty the King is a violation of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia and is determined as a criminal offense and punishable under Article 437 of the Criminal Code,” the letter added.
Sam Rainsy spoke in an interview with Radio Free Asia on 12 September 2019: “Our King is the hostage of Hun Sen; our king is afraid of Hun Sen, as he wants to keep his throne. We cannot expect anything from the king who is the puppet of Hun Sen.”
Article 7 of the constitution stipulated that “The King of Cambodia shall reign, but not govern. The King is the Head of State for life. The Person of the King shall be inviolable.”
The Royal Palace, today 13 September, also issued a statement to condemn convict Sam Rainsy.
In a statement dated 13 September 2019, “The Royal Palace Ministry strongly condemns Sam Rainsy, whose treacherous nature has always harmed the reputation of His Majesty the King of Cambodia, a highly revered King fulfilling a noble role of national unity and sustainability.”
The Royal Palace added that due to the noble role of His Majesty, the kingdom is enjoying peace and development under the leadership of the Royal Government of Cambodia.