Monday, December 3, 2012

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) - Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced plans to sue the head of the Sam Rainsy Party Youth Movement who is blaming him for a stampede that killed more than 350 people two years ago. 

The announcement followed the filing of a lawsuit against Hun Sen Friday by youth group leader Soung Sophorn.

"This is his right but he has to think about the rights of others," Hun Sen told a land title distribution ceremony in Sihanoukville Sunday.

"As I am a citizen, I'll use my right to counter-sue when the court finds that I'm innocent" he said. "It's necessary to protect the government's honor.”

Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Mu Sochua sued Hun Sen for defamation in 2009 but the court did not process the complaint. Hun Sen later filed a counter-suit under which she was ordered to pay 16.5 million riel in compensation.

The stampede on a bridge to Diamond Island during the annual Water Festival in 2010 killed 353 and left 400 injured.


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