Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy faces defamation trial in France

Longstanding Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy is in court in France, facing defamation cases brought against him by top officials in his home country.

The 73-year-old was targeted with two separate complaints by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his son-in-law and deputy national police chief, Dy Vichea, over Facebook posts from 2019.

Rainsy claimed that Hun Sen was behind the 2008 death in a helicopter crash of national police chief Hok Lundy, the father of Dy Vichea’s father.

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