Adhoc Rights Worker Fails to Appear for Questioning

A leading rights worker charged with public defamation and attempting to coerce judicial officials failed to appear in court for questioning Wednesday, despite a threat by Investigating Judge Veng Hourt that failure to heed a summons issued earlier this month would result in his retrieval by force.

Ny Chakrya, head of monitoring at Adhoc, was summoned on October 8 for questioning over the charges, but said at the time that because the summons was not delivered to him personally, as is required by the Code of Criminal Procedure, he would ignore it.

Judge Hourt responded by saying he considered the summons valid. Contacted Wednesday evening, Mr. Chakrya said he had not heard from any officials.

“I have no news,” he said. “I have no correct warrant. If I have a new warrant, I will go to court.”

Judge Hourt said that although Mr. Chakrya failed to appear, no immediate action would be taken.

“We are waiting for his report on why he did not show up. If he…has a proper reason, we will understand and summon him again,” he said.

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