Kong Korm Letters Checked for Authenticity

Letters allegedly written by Sam Rainsy Party Deputy President Kong Korm linking him to the 1998 Siem Reap rocket attack are being analyzed for their authenticity, military court prosecutor Nou Chantha said Thursday.

Though Kong Korm has de­nied any role in the attack since first being questioned in late 1998—saying then the letters were forged—he was asked about the letters this month after they were given to the courts by military investigators.

Military investigators claim Kong Korm sent letters to party members Mong Davuth and Sok Yeoun two days before the Sept 24, 1998, rocket attack. These letters vaguely refer to a “plan” that investigators maintain is the at­tack, characterized by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s supporters as an attempt on his life.

Kong Korm said he spoke with Nou Chantha and a court clerk two weeks ago about the letters, saying “they only wanted my clarification” on the signature.

“I told them these letters are copies with my name falsely put on them,” Kong Korm said.

No legal action has yet been taken against Kong Korm. He claimed that Nou Chantha also doubted the authenticity of the letters, though on Thursday the prosecutor would not give his opinion on the letters.

Nou Chantha said he thought the investigation would be over soon and that he was waiting for the results of the analysis.

“I have not concluded any investigation,” he said.

Opposition party members have called Kong Korm’s questioning the latest in a string of at­tacks on the party. In the last several months party members have been arrested in connection with the attack. Party leaders claim they are innocent and this is just a way for CPP elements to break down political opposition.

Mong Davuth and another party member, Kong Bun Heang, remain in jail after being arrested last year for their alleged roles in the attack. Sok Yoeun fled to Thailand and is jailed there on illegal immigration charges.

that he violated Thai immigration laws. The Cambodian government is currently negotiating for his extradition so he can face charges for the attack.



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