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Friday, 17 June 2016

Court questions Sokha's ‘mistress’ in prostitution case


Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom, leaves Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after facing questioning.
Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom, leaves Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after facing questioning. Pha Lina


Court questions Sokha's ‘mistress’ in prostitution case
Fri, 17 June 2016 ppp
Lay Samean


Salon worker Khom Chandaraty appeared in court yesterday in relation to a procurement of prostitution case, accusing CNRP acting leader Kem Sokha of cheating her after promising her money, a salon and a house.

Chandaraty, appearing as a victim in the case against Sokha, refused to speak to reporters upon exiting Phnom Penh Municipal Court. However, her attorney Kem Vesna said she had accused the CNRP leader of cheating her, but would not divulge details about the proceedings.

“The interrogation was only about the prostitution [case] and nothing else,” Vesna said. “They asked about Kem Sokha, Tok Vanchan and Pin Ratana because she [Srey Mom] is the victim in this the case.”

In April, Chandaraty accused Ratana and Vanchan, both CNRP lawmakers, of taking her to meet Sokha during two separate rendezvous in Bangkok.

Court spokesman Ly Sophanna would only say that yesterday’s interrogation would help further the investigation into the case.



Adhoc staffer Lim Mony leaves Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday afternoon.
Adhoc staffer Lim Mony leaves Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday afternoon. Pha Lina


Chandaraty also accused four Adhoc officials and one election official of telling her to lie about voices on audio recordings of phone conversations purportedly between her and Sokha.

One of the Adhoc officials, Lim Mony, also appeared in court yesterday for additional questioning in the case by the investigating judge. Mony requested the court to allow her to be questioned face-to-face with Chandaraty, a request the court is yet to rule on.

“It can allow all the parties to ask some points, which we consider the witness should have answered,” said Uon Chundy, Mony’s lawyer.

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