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Sam Rainsy Denies Apology to Minister

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has declined to apologize to Foreign Minister Hor Namhong for remarks made earlier this month at a ceremony to remember the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh.

Sam Rainsy told reporters as he arrived from a two-week trip to the US Tuesday that he was not wrong.

Hor Namhong filed suit against Sam Rainsy earlier this month, claiming the opposition leader implicated him as a member of the Khmer Rouge at the Boeung Trabek detention camp, which operated during under the regime, in an April 17 public speech.

Hor Namhong could not be reached for comment Monday, but he has said he wants a public apology for the remarks. Sam Rainsy has so far not apologized.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor Ouk Savuth confirmed Tuesday the courts had received the suit, but he declined to comment further.