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Monday, 16 May 2016

Hun Manet ignores US summons

School of Vice

So Xamdaach Doctor Hun Manet did not learn of the initial summons and therefore missed its deadline to appear in court until he read press reports, in which case the summons itself has not been properly served or signed by the defendant or his representative which in turn justifies his failure to respond to that summons. This is fine so far for the defendant, legally and pleading 'ignorance', except that the process server [by evidence of media reports] had received a heavy beating courtesy of members of his entourage/bodyguards and had had to be hospitalised for the injuries sustained whilst trying to do his job of serving the summons on the defendant ...

Note: there is even the suggestion [from the Manet camp?] that the process server fell to the floor all by himself! May be the restaurant's premises were especially treacherous at the time of the incident that a man losing balance and falling thus sustained such serious physical injuries to various parts of the body? If that be the case, the restaurant owner, not Manet, should be served the summons?

You be the jury ...


The prime minister’s eldest son, Hun Manet, talks to the media at the Phnom Penh airport last month after returning from the United States. Pha Lina

Hun Manet ignores US summons
Mon, 16 May 2016 ppp
Shaun Turton

A lawyer organising a civil case in the US against Hun Manet for the “unlawful imprisonment” of CNRP official Meach Sovannara said he will soon lodge a motion to pursue a default judgment, after Manet failed to respond to a court summons.

US-based attorney Morton Sklar said yesterday that the deadline had passed for the prime minister’s eldest son, who was issued a summons by process server Paul Hayes while in California on April 9. Manet maintains he was not made aware of the court summons and complaint until reading about it in subsequent news reports.

Hayes, who was allegedly assaulted by Manet’s bodyguards, claims he properly served the documents, which stipulate a 21-day window to respond.

“The next step is that the Plaintiffs must ask the court to issue what is called an entry of default,” said Sklar via email, calling it the “first step” to obtain a default judgment in the absence of Manet’s response.

“I prepared that set of motions and pleadings this past week. They will be filed shortly.”

A phone number for Manet, a lieutenant general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, was not answered yesterday. A Defence Ministry spokesman also did not answer calls.

According to the Federal Court system’s online database, no responses have yet to be lodged in the case, which has been assigned to judge George H Wu.

The complaint, lodged at a US federal court in California, accuses Manet, as well as the Cambodian government, of torture through arbitrary detention, acts of international terrorism and false imprisonment, among other offences.

Sovannara, a dual Cambodian-American citizen, is among 14 people locked up for participating in a July 2014 anti-government protest at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park that turned violent.

Sentenced to 20 years in prison for “leading an insurrection”, Sovannara is a victim of a “systematic and long-standing campaign of persecution” by the Cambodian government designed to crush political opposition, the complaint alleges.

The 39-page filing argues Manet plays a “major role” in the security apparatus that confronted protesters in Freedom Park by virtue of his rank, family connections and position within the leadership’s “inner circle”.

The filing contends the financial and emotional impact on the CNRP official’s wife and children, who live in Long Beach, California, invoke the court’s jurisdiction, and also claims the case falls within an exemption of the Foreign Sovereign Immunity act.

Speaking yesterday, government spokesman Phay Siphan, however, rejected the suggestion that the US court could intervene in Sovannara’s case, which he said was handled correctly under Cambodian law.

“For this case [in the US], I don’t think there will be an effect on the Cambodian government as well as Hun Manet in relation to Meach Sovannara,” Siphan said, characterising the case as political.

“If they’re jailed in Cambodia, they have to be tried in Cambodia . . . It is the law of the land.”

Sklar, who noted the Cambodian government had longer to respond to the complaint than Manet for diplomatic reasons, drew a parallel to the 2005 case lodged against Prime Minister Hun Sen by US citizen Ron Abney at a US federal court over the 1997 grenade attack in which he was injured.

A non-response by the premier led to an order for a default judgment being lodged, at which time Hun Sen engaged a New York law firm to counter the suit, which accused the premier and his Bodyguard Unit of involvement.

The case was later settled as part of a political deal.

“Logic would suggest that Hun Manet would have learned from that mistake and would not choose to be subjected to a default judgement in the present case,” Sklar said.


Anonymous said...

In Cambodia he is the son of KING OF THE CORNER . From the start it look so rough road like this . It look very and very hard to get him and I hope UA law will prevail.

Anonymous said...

ខ្ញុំថា លោក ស្កា មិនអាចធ្វើអី ហ៊ុន ម៉ានែត បានទេ ព្រោះ ហ៊ុន ម៉ាណែត មានលុយ ហើយវាជួល មេធាវី ពូកែៗប៉ុន្មានក៍បាន ដូច្នេះកុំសង្ឃឹមពេក មើលតែទៅប្តឹងនៅ អាយស៊ីស៊ី ហ៊ុន សែន វាងាប់បាត់ក៍គេមិនលើកសំណុំរឿងនោះមកផង ដូចសង្ឃឹមផ្កាយលើមែឃមែនទេ????

Anonymous said...

LT. General, PhD degree holder Hun Manet, the eldest " son "
of the All Mighty Lord Hun Sen is now a criminal.

Anonymous said...

... ... ... .... ....... .......

...And while in the Good (Bad?) Old USA, People (?) elect criminal and murderer to be their President!!!

So who is trying to outdo whom in this treacherous geopolitical chess game? If you are using USA Democracy as a touchstone to level against CPP...Ah... the legs of the lame are not equal so are the politicians who never sweat a drop from hard work. The only hard work they may know is how to raise their own paycheck when they are in office.


Anonymous said...

You're weird !

Anonymous said...

Hun manith, the bastard,the son of the foreign invader. He simply could not answer to the lawsuit in the US court, because he can't defend the indefensible in an independent court. He will literally be crucified, nullified and will greatly undermine his supposedly father, ah kwak's regime that he tries to protect,that's why he would not go to answer the charges.
It is with a grain of irony that he pretended that he was unaware of the lawsuit that he heard from the media. Well
get it to your brain cell as the matter of fact you have been sued.Prick!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

...And while in the Good (Bad?) Old USA, People (?) elect criminal and murderer to be their President!!!

Mr. Anti-Democracy, are you smoking weed while you are typing?

Anonymous said...

.And while in the Good (Bad?) Old USA, People (?) elect criminal and murderer to be their President!!!

Mr. Anti-Democracy, are you smoking weed while you are typing?

He is correct; the US prez has killed more people than any previous one by drones... although most of them were of islamic faith... and he still has a list of people to kill on his desk as of today... but you people are too blind to see the real truth , just the fake truth presented to you by the gov control media... even the moderators of this site are too deluded by the fake US democracy to see the truth that this country is headed toward communism... this comment will not be posted , i am sure , because it hurt their pride to know what they believe all this time is just an illusion.

Anonymous said...


Are YOU OK ?
Take good care of yourself, Brother !