Beaten Opposition Lawmakers Summoned to Court

Two opposition lawmakers who were beaten during a pro-government protest outside the National Assembly in October have been summoned to appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday, according to their lawyer.

However, the pair—Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea —will likely miss the date, as they left for the U.S. on Thursday on a “mission for our motherland,” according to their Facebook pages.

Choung Choungy, a lawyer for the lawmakers, said they had been called to the court over an attempted murder complaint they filed against their as­sailants, including three soldiers who turned themselves in to authorities and have since been charged with intentional violence.

Mr. Choungy confirmed that his clients were outside the country.

“Since my clients have left the country to have their injuries treated abroad, I cannot confirm yet whether or not they can go to the court,” he said. Court officials could not be reached.

The lawmakers have repeatedly called for a more thorough investigation into their beatings, noting that more than three people were part of the mob that surrounded them, kicking their heads and stomping on their chests.

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