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Sam Rainsy is Facing New Lawsuits - 2004-12-21

Opposition party president Sam Rainsy is facing another request from the Phnom Penh court to suspend his parliamentary immunity so that he could face two lawsuits against him.

In one lawsuit, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) accuses Mr. Rainsy of libel when he said CPP paid FUNCINPEC President Norodom Ranariddh 50 million dollars in exchange for a coalition government.

In another new lawsuit, the head monk of a pagoda in Kandal province accuses the opposition party leader of lying when he said there were troops hiding inside the pagoda in preparation for the demonstration against then King Sihanouk.

A reliable source close to the Phnom Penh court said the court's co-prosecutor has already sent a written request to the National Assembly through the Ministry of Justice asking the parliament to vote on suspsending Rainsy's immunity so that the opposition party president could face trial.