The PM’s lawyer Ky Tech submitted complaints against the two opposition figures to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
The petitions reckoned that their slanderous allegations are “incorrect” and “seriously affect” the government’s reputation and prestige as well as the PM’s reputation and dignity. The groundless accusations will also cause public unrest and social chaos.
The petitions were made after the opposition leader Sam Rainsy posted on his Facebook that the government was behind the murder of Kem Ley while during a forum Thak Lany accused the PM of ordering the murder of Kem Ley.
Kem Ley, 46, Director of the Organisation for Social Development, was shot dead at a shop in Phnom Penh on July 10. Police arrested a 38-year-old suspect with a handgun shortly after the murder.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 13 charged the suspect with premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm, which could lead to a life behind bars if convicted.