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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Court rejected Sam Rainsy's request for a delay

Mr. Sam Rainsy raised Mrs. Meas Srey's hands in a show of defiance during the uprooting of the border poles on 25th October.

By Khmerization

The Svay Rieng Provincial Court has rejected a request by opposition leader Sam Rainsy for a delay in the hearing scheduled for 28th of December in relation to his uprooting of six border poles on 25th October 2009, reports Radio Free Asia.

The court rejection was confirmed by Mr. Sam Rainsy's lawyer, Mr. Chuong Chou-Ngy, in a telephone interview with RFA.

Mr. Sam Rainsy, who is currently staying in France, reacted to the rejection by accusing the court of following the order from the Vietnamese government. "The real is court is not the court in Phnom Penh or in Svay Rieng. The real court, the real decision-makers are in Hanoi, in Vietnam", said Mr. Rainsy who did not indicate when he will return to Cambodia to face the charges against him.

RFA is unable to seek the court's comments, but Mr. Tith Sothea, spokesman for the Quick Reaction Unit of the Council of Ministers, accused Mr. Sam Rainsy of making irresponsible comments. "His Excellency Sam Rainsy has and is insulting the Cambodian judicial system because the district Governor (of Chantrea district) was the plaintiff and this case is still in the hands of the Svay Rieng Provincial Court. This is a silly, disgraceful pretext which is undeserving of a comment from someone who knows the laws", Mr. Sothea said.

On 23rd December, 41 year-old Mr. Prum Chea and 39 year-old Mrs. Meas Srey, the two villagers whose lands are allegedly encroached by the new demarcation poles, were arrested after they appeared in court. And two others went into hiding after the arrests of their husband and wife respectively.

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