PM Explains Legal Aspect for Prisoners’ Amnesty

AKP Phnom Penh, August 29, 2018 —

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen made here this morning a clarification about the legal procedure for prisoners’ amnesty.

Speaking at a get-together with some 14,800 workers and employees from six factories and enterprises in Khan Pursenchey, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said amnesty cannot be applied for those who have not been convicted yet.

This clarification was in response to a rumour over the release on Aug. 30 of former president of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha who was arrested in September 2017 for conspiracy with foreign power to harm the nation.

“That person is just an offender, not yet a prisoner […]. Who can release him when he has not been prosecuted yet? [ …],” he underlined.

According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, there will be no withdrawal of charge against Kem Sokha as it is a national treason case.

The Premier also recalled His Majesty the King’s royal pardons for a dozen of politicians, land and political activists and journalists at his request, because they have written a letter of apology, acknowledged their faults and asked for amnesty.

Among the recently-released prisoners, there were Mr. Um Sam An, a former lawmaker of CNRP, who was put in jail for incitement for chaos and discrimination, and Mr. Meach Sovannara, former head of the dissolved CNRP’s information department as well as some other opposition activists who were all found guilty of leading and participating in a riot after a violent clash at the Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Besides, Mr. Sourn Serey Ratha, former Khmer Power Party President, four land activists and two former Radio Free Asia reporters were released after receiving royal pardons.

Article in Khmer by Chim Nary

Article in English by Khan Sophirom