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SRP Lawmaker Files Suit for Assault

Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian Ho Vann filed suit in Phnom Penh Municipal Court Monday after he was allegedly beaten by quasi-government security forces for erecting a party sign.

The lawmaker said Tuesday he had been prevented from erecting a sign in the Russei Keo district of Phnom Penh's Chroy Changva peninsula, and when he refused to relinquish his attempt, he was beaten with a wooden stick by security forces led by Russei Keo Deputy Governor Kob Sles.

Ho Vann also filed a complaint with National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

Kob Sles said Tuesday he "did not commit such a crime."

"In this case, I believe he may be using a trick. He could go outside and tell his people to beat him until he is injured, and then accuse me," Kob Sles said, adding he welcomed the lawsuit but would not compromise outside the court system.