The nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen accused of ordering the
assault of an opposition lawmaker said Tuesday he would not pay compensation
outside of court.
The nephew, Hun To, said he had been contacted by Sam Rainsy
Party lawmaker Noun Vuthy through an intermediary and asked for $3,000 in
compensation for an alleged assault in Kandal province.
"Why should I give him if I have done nothing wrong?"
Hun To told VOA Khmer.
Noun Vuthy denied asking for any money, saying he had been
joking with an SRP bodyguard named Long Ry.
Noun Vuthy has filed a complaint in Kandal provincial court
alleging Hun To ordered his bodyguards to beat him as they were both leaving a
ferry in the province.
Contacted this week, Long Ry said Noun Vuthy actually wanted
$20,000 in compensation.
"But Hun To's side does not want to have a solution
with compensation," he said.