Son Chhay, a Cambodian opposition politician and former Adelaide school teacher, has asked judges in his criminal defamation trial to declare their political allegiances as hearings resume in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
The 66-year-old was charged with criminal defamation after he criticised the local commune elections in June, which led to complaints lodged by the National Election Commission (NEC) and the long ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
“Political issues should be dealt with politically not in the court. The question is, are the judges a member of the ruling party? How can they judge someone from another party. This is the important issue,” he told AAP outside the court on Thursday.