SRP Lawmaker Implicated in Detention Claim

Former SRP commune councilor Tim Norn implicated SRP lawmaker Tioulong Saumura in her alleged detention last month at the hands of SRP officials during an interview broadcast on CTN Thursday evening.

During the broadcast, Tim Norn implicated Tioulong Saumura in her alleged detention and challenged the lawmaker to return to Cambodia to give testimony to the Kompong Thom Provincial Court.

“I ask for Mrs Tioulong Saumura to come back and testify,” she said.

Tim Norn has claimed that SRP officials detained her in Phnom Penh to prevent her from joining the CPP. One SRP commune chief has already been charged in the case, and warrants have been issued for two other Kompong Thom SRP officials.

Last week the SRP released what it claimed to be a recording of an interview with Tim Norn that apparently refutes her detention claims.

Tim Norn said Sunday by telephone that what she said in the SRP recording was false and spoken under duress.

“I was confined for three nights and four days,” she said.

SRP Secretary-General Eng Chhay Eang said Sunday that Tim Norn was being used by the CPP to put pressure on his party before the July election.

“It is a drama created by the CPP,” he said. “[Tim Norn] is not a chess player but a chess piece.”

Eng Chhay Eang said Tioulong Saumura was doing work for the party abroad, and he was uncertain when she would return.

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