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Nhek Bun Chhay Sues Ranariddh for Over $4 Million

FUNCINPEC's secretary general, Nhek Bun Chhay officially files a lawsuit on Thursday against former party leader, Prince Ranariddh for selling FUNCINPEC's headquarters, and pocketing the proceeds.

In the lawsuit filed with Phnom Penh Municipal court, Nhek Bun Chhay allegedly asks the court for Prince Norodom Ranariddh to pay over $4 million dollars in compensations and damages.

An official close to Prince Ranariddh appeals to the secretary general, to reconsider his lawsuit decision, since it might have a negative effect on the party's image.

Nhek Bun Chhay claims that Ranariddh single-handedly sold the party's headquarters in 2005 to Ly Chhoung Construction Company, for $3.6 million dollars.

Nov Sovartharo, the new FUNCINPEC's spokesman says that the prince, "viewed the party's headquarter as his own personal property, while the former Phnom Penh's deputy governor, Mam Bun Neang, helped by providing fake documents."

Voice of America has made numerous attempts to contact the court in regards to the allegation, but our phone calls were not returned.

Meanwhile, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who is currently in Malaysia, was not available for comments either.