Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 28 – Phnom Penh Deputy Prosecutor Seng Hieng, on Monday, allegedly charged former CNRP president Sam Rainsy with insulting His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni.

The decision was made after Minister of Justice Koeut Rith, on 25 December 2020, sent a letter to Phnom Penh prosecutor to take immediate and serious legal action against Sam Rainsy for calling the King scarecrow, known locally as "Ting Mong".

"Now Hun Sen is silent. He is ready to pay back the donors who donated money to buy COVID19 vaccines, including the Ting Mong King," Rainsy wrote.

Minister Koeut Rith said Rainsy’s statement seriously affects the dignity and prestige of the King, the most revered individual in the Kingdom.

Rainsy’s act violates the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia and is defined as a criminal offense under the provisions of Article 437 of the Penal Code.