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NEC Fines 20 Million Riel in Campaign Cases

The National Election Committee on Wednesday ruled in favor of 11 cases filed against opposition leader Sam Rainsy by ruling Cambodian People's Party officials and in favor of two Sam Rainsy Party complaints.

CPP officials had accused Sam Rainsy of defaming and insulting the CPP's top leaders as "thieves of the nation" and a "blind driver."

The NEC fined Sam Rainsy a total of 10 million riel in all 11 cases, but denied a motion by CPP lawyer Ben Sonsamay for the removal of Sam Rainsy's parliamentary candidacy.

The NEC ruled in favor of SRP Kampot candidate Mu Sochua, fining CPP provincial official San Sman 5 million riel for using a military vehicle to campaign.

The NEC fined Thin Venneth, a CPP deputy village chief, 5 million riel, for the use of a state motorcycle for campaigning.