A nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen filed suit in Kandal
provincial court this week, claiming he had been defamed by remarks of two
opposition parliamentary candidates who accused him of assault.
Hun To's suit stems from an altercation on a ferry in Ponhea
Leu district, Kandal, in which Sam Rainsy Party candidates Nuon Vuthy and Uch
Sereyyuth said Hun To ordered his bodyguards to assault them.
Hun To has denied the accusation, and on Monday he asked the
Kandal court to investigate the two men for defamation.
The alleged assault occurred during the campaign to the
national election, when the two lawmakers say they were attacked by Hun To's
bodyguards after they drove their vehicle off the ferry.
Nuon Vuthy said bodyguards Hun To's bodyguards punched him in
the head and kicked Uch Sereyyuth after a confrontation on the ferry.
"If the court works at its procedure and is not under
pressure from a powerful man, it would find the truth after it
investigates," Nuon Vuthy said.
Kandal court prosecutor Ouk Kimsith confirmed receipt of the
"I have not taken any measures yet," he said.
He had also received a complaint from the two Sam Rainsy
Party lawmakers of the assault and had referred that case to deputy prosecutor
Hun To's lawyer, Yin Wengka, said Friday he had filed the
"These two men defamed my client," he said.
"What they said is not true. At that time, no bodyguard went with Hun To.
At that time Hun To took one car with three people, traveling to Kampong Cham."
According to Cambodian law, defamation charges do not carry
penalties of imprisonment, but do carry fines. Assaults can lead to a sentence
of one to five years in prison.