Cambodian court seizes homes of opposition politician

Candlelight Party leader Son Chhay says seizures to cover fines were made before defamation case was finalized.

Two homes belonging to prominent Cambodian opposition politician Son Chhay have been seized by a court order to cover US$750,000 in fines incurred after he was convicted of defaming the ruling party and the National Election Committee (NEC).

Son Chhay told UCA News that one property was in the northwest provincial city of Siem Reap while the other was in Phnom Penh. He said he did not know how much the properties were worth and that he first heard about the court seizure through a Facebook post.

“They could at least wait. The defamation verdict has not been finalized yet because I have appealed this case to the Appeals Court and I can still go to the Supreme Court,” he said, adding his next court hearing has been set for Dec. 14.

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