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No Cash for Allegation: Hun Sen Nephew

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.