Cambodian monk defrocked, charged after upsetting tycoon

Tycoon Sieng Chanheng sues Poeuy Metta for defamation and incitement.

Cambodian police have arrested a monk, who has been defrocked and charged with defaming tycoon Sieng Chanheng by claiming she had confiscated a plot of land in Japan which was to be used for construction of a Khmer pagoda.

According to the government-friendly Khmer Times, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor identified Poeuy Metta, 47, former chief of Barameykirikhemara Phnombeydathom Pagoda in Japan, for defaming Sieng Chanheng and inciting people to discriminate against her.

It quoted Major Keo Sambath, a police officer working with the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security Department, as saying Poeuy Metta was arrested on Jan. 14 in accordance with a court warrant.

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