Lawyer for Sam Rainsy Snubs Court in Latest Case

A lawyer for opposition leader Sam Rainsy skipped a court summons on Friday to answer questions about the latest in a long line of charges against the self-exiled CNRP president.

The latest case against Mr. Rainsy concerns a speech in Paris in which he called for mass protests and was filed by the Interior Ministry.

His lawyer, Sam Sokong, said he ignored a summons from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court because there was no obvious basis for the charges as the statement was made outside Cambodia.

“We do not know what the evidence is to inculpate my client,” he said.

The case against Mr. Rainsy stemmed from a speech delivered from a pagoda in France last month calling for a rerun of the party’s mass protests in 2013.

Mr. Sokong said he had also been invited to the Supreme Court next Friday over a request to toss out a case against deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, who refused to appear for questioning in a case relating to an alleged mistress.

Mr. Sokha was sentenced to five months in jail last month, but remains free pending appeals.

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