Bar Association Rivals Roiled in Stationery Snafu

Ky Tech, who lost the Oct 16 election to become president of the Cambodian Bar Association, on Mon­­day filed a complaint against the winner at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, accusing his rival Suon Vi­sal of illegally putting his name on the association’s letterhead.

Municipal Court Prosecutor Ouk Savouth has accepted the com­plaint and summoned Suon Vi­sal to face questioning on June 30, Suon Visal’s lawyer Chiv Song Hak said Monday.

Ky Tech has accused Suon Visal of illegally removing Ky Tech’s name from the association’s letterhead and replacing it with his own, and of illegally using the association’s stamp, according to a copy of the complaint.

In a letter signed by seven of the 19 association council members, Ky Tech urged the court to “charge and punish Suon Visal and ac­complices according to the law,” and to pay compensation to Ky Tech.

Contacted Monday, Suon Visal said he opposed the complaint, ad­ding that as the democratically elected president of the association, his name should be on the letterhead, and he has the right to use the official stamp.

“I think the complaint is wrong,” Su­on Visal said. “They use the stamp of the bar illegally after [Ky Tech] was defeated in the election. They are trying to block the bar that we are trying to open. This is an intimidation to stop us from doing our job.”

Ouk Savouth said he was too busy to discuss the bar association on Monday.

On Oct 17, one day after Suon Visal defeated Ky Tech, Ky Tech chal­lenged the election result and in a closed door hearing on Nov 19, the Appeals Court threw out the election results and handed the presi­dency back to Ky Tech without explanation.

Suon Visal appealed the de­cision, and the Supreme Court on June 2 annulled the Appeals Court decision.

The case is now back at the Ap­peals Court.





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