Friday, September 04, 2009
Translated from Khmer by Socheata
SRP MP Mu Sochua refused to pay the 16.5 million riels fine imposed on her in the defamation lawsuit case brought up by Hun Xen. According to today’s edition of The Phnom Penh Post, on Thursday, Mrs. Mu Sochua said that she will not pay the fine imposed on her by the Phnom Penh municipal court because she is the victim, not Hun Xen. According to Yim Sovann, SRP spokesman, the SRP supports Mrs. Mu Sochua’s decision to oppose the court verdict. Yim Sovann said that the SRP will stay behind Mrs. Mu Sochua, regardless of whether she decides to pay the fine or not, and that this decision is her right. Yim Sovann indicated that Mrs. Mu Sochua appealed her case already, and that she will not show up to the Appeal court. Yim Sovann also added that Mrs. Mu Sochua said that the Appeal court can sentence her behind closed door because she believes that, whether she shows up to the court for clarification or not, the Appeal court decision will not be different from the one handed down by the Phnom Penh municipal court.