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Judicial Officials Reviewing Complaint Against Investigating Judge

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, second from left, accompanied by his Queen Mother Monineath, right, greets Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, upon arrival from Beijing at Phnom Penh International Airport, file photo.

Cambodian judicial officials are considering a letter from King Norodom Sihamoni to investigate allegations of irregularities from an investigating judge.

The Supreme Council of Magistracy says it will look into actions by judge Keo Mony, who allegedly questioned a member of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party without a lawyer present.

The council received a request to look into the matter from the king, following a letter of complaint from Rescue Party lawmaker Mu Sochua.

In the letter, she alleges that Keo Mony questioned opposition activist Ouk Pic Samnang last month over his involvement in demonstrations in July, but failed to inform his lawyer.

The July demonstrations, in which some activists turned on city security personnel, have become a focal point of investigations against opposition activists and leaders that critics charge are politically motivated.

Kim Santepheap, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said he received a letter from the king last month and transferred it to the Supreme Council.

Sam Prachea Meanith, a spokesman for the council, said the case was an internal matter that must be reviewed before action is taken. “We should find out the truth, but we must take more time,” he said.

Keo Mony could not be reached for comment.