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Mr. Sam Rainsy's Lawyer Asks PM Hun Sen to Drop Defamation Charges

Mr. Sam Rainsy's lawyer wrote an official letter to PM Hun Sen to drop charges against opposition Sam Rainsy party's leader Sam Rainsy against whom the government filed a defamation lawsuit.

Mr. Sam Rainsy's lawyer Som Chandina says that Mr. Hun Sen is linient and generous and has pardoned civil society activists, therefore he believes that the prime minister will do the same for Mr. Sam Rainsy.

Mr. Hun Sen filed a defamation lawsuit against Mr. Sam Rainsy charging him of accusing the prime minister of being behind the 1997 grenade attack on demonstrators, and that Mr. Hun Sen had a plan to kill civil societies leaders.

There is no reaction from the prime minister on this case.

However government spokesman Khieu Kanharith says that he will leave Mr. Sam Rainsy's lawyer's request for the government's lawyer to decide.