Opposition Politician Found Guilty of Defaming Cambodian Ruling Party

Son Chhay of the Candlelight Party has been ordered to pay $750,000 for questioning the fairness of this year’s commune election.

The vice president of the Candlelight Party has been found guilty of defaming the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the National Election Committee (NEC) following comments he made in regard to the June commune election results.

Son Chhay was ordered by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to pay the CPP $750,000 in damages and the NEC $2,150 for criticizing the running of the poll, which resulted in an overwhelming victory for the ruling party and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

He was also fined a further $1,900.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2022/10/opposition-politician-found-guilty-of-defaming-cambodian-ruling-party/

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