Meanwhile in Rattanakiri and else where trees and endangered animal species are being poached and plundered to extinction by armed Vietnamese and Laotians crossing the border at will as Cambodian authorities are being preoccupied with civilians peacefully protesting unjust detention of human rights defenders and politically orchestrated crackdown on the Opposition.
Scholars and historians may debate and empathise as to the identity of Pol Pot, Sihanouk and now Hun Sen and insist that these figures were/are indeed 'Cambodians'. But, the bottom line is that their short-sightedness, stupidity, intoxication with the wielding of unaccountable power, as well as their narrow elevation of personal and clan's interests above those of the nation and ordinary Cambodians are undeniably not characteristic of Cambodians envisioned and willed to defend or advance Cambodia's national causes. One does not have to be ethnically 'Vietnamese' per se to advance Vietnamese interests in Cambodia and at Cambodian expense, and so long as this reality prevails, the likes of those just mentioned will justifiably be referred to as 'traitors' to their people and as willing, bought instruments of foreign powers; a fact that might be altogether far more of a crime and disgrace in the eye of the Cambodian people than simply being called or considered 'Vietnamese'.
Acting opposition leader Kem Sokha talks to CNRP youth members last week at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea
MPs refuse to attend court for 'prostitution' summons
ppp Tue, 17 May 2016
Meas Sokchea and Mech Dara
CNRP lawmakers Tok Vanchan and Pin Ratana yesterday ignored a summons to appear in court to answer questions about an alleged rendezvous between opposition leader Kem Sokha and a purported prostitute in Thailand.
In a case widely slammed as politically motivated, Vanchan and Ratana, both dual Cambodian-American citizens, are accused of meeting alleged mistress Khom Chandaraty in Bangkok and taking her to meet Sokha. Chandaraty has been accused of “prostitution” by police investigating the scandal.
Sokha, who has also been sued for defamation in a separate but related case, has been summonsed to appear in relation to the prostitution accusation today but is expected to ignore the summons as well.
The CNRP has maintained its lawmakers are not obliged to go to court, citing their parliamentary immunity.
Vanchan and Ratana could not be reached for comment yesterday. Party spokesman Yim Sovann said Ratana had travelled to the US but said Vanchan was in Cambodia.
However, an opposition source said yesterday that he believed both men were in the US, though the source said the pair had previous arrangements to travel there prior to being implicated in the scandal.