Monday, December 20, 2010

Lawyer condemns incitement case

Seng Kunnaka
Monday, 20 December 2010
Thomas Miller and Chhay Channyda
The Phnom Penh Post
But bloggers at the news blog KI-Media, from which Seng Kunnaka is thought to have printed the article, said on Monday they believed he may have printed an article posted on December 17, the same day he was arrested. The article, titled as an opinion piece, shows headshots of Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials with the word “traitors?” written along the side in various languages.

“That’s why the judge refused to talk about it, because then he would be forced to repeat the question we posted,” KI-Media’s administrator Heng Soy said in an email.
The World Food Programme employee convicted on Sunday of criminal incitement distributed the offending web article to only two of his co-workers, his attorney said on Monday, amid mounting criticism of the “draconian” conviction.

Chou Sokheng, the lawyer for Seng Kunnaka who works at the WFP’s Russey Keo district warehouse, said his client did not publicly distribute the article.

“He confessed he printed the article to read with his other two co-staffers, but he denied distributing it to the public,” he said.

Seng Kunnaka was sentenced to 6 months jail and fined 1 million riel (US$250) under Article 495 of the new penal code, which came into effect on December 10.



The content of the article Seng Kunnaka printed is still unclear. While Chou Sokheng said it contained pictures of government officials, he declined to provide further details. Article 495 outlaws public speech that directly incites actions “seriously” affecting social security and carries a prison sentence of between six months and two years, even in cases in which incitement is ineffective.

Kor Vandy, the presiding judge, declined to comment on Monday, referring questions to Deputy Prosecutor Chet Khemara, who was unavailable.

But bloggers at the news blog KI-Media, from which Seng Kunnaka is thought to have printed the article, said on Monday they believed he may have printed an article posted on December 17, the same day he was arrested. The article, titled as an opinion piece, shows headshots of Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials with the word “traitors?” written along the side in various languages.

That’s why the judge refused to talk about it, because then he would be forced to repeat the question we posted,” KI-Media’s administrator Heng Soy said in an email.

Human Rights Watch expressed deep concern about the conviction of Seng Kunnaka, whose case “probably set an all-new world record for speedy proceedings by the Cambodian courts”, and called on Cambodia’s donors to “wake up”.

It’s shocking that we now see even a warehouse employee at a UN agency with a print-out of materials from a website can incur the wrath of this increasingly authoritarian Cambodian government,” HRW’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said on Monday.

WFP Country Director Jean-Pierre DeMargerie said the agency was “still trying to clarify” the facts of the case.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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From Porng Pee

Anonymous said...

i'm sure he was sent by opposition party. You dumb must think twice before publishing. You make yourselve look stupid while you keep telling us without any proof or evidences. Pouk ah kbort jeat !

Anonymous said...

2:11AM
You want 'evidences', just look beyond the tip of your nose, unless you're completely blind.

Anonymous said...

why they like to incite people? what is the purpose of doing so? i don't get it!

H.Slab Mon said...

me too 2:42, it is like the government wants themselves to have a bad public image. They're purposely inciting people to hate more and more by these draconian actions.

But I say let them be, the more incitement and anger to muster up in the people, the greater the momentum for change will be when the people decides enough is enough!

H.Slab Mon said...

Kunakar, don't paid the dictators for putting you in jail. The world is behind you and so are all the NGOs and press freedom organisations. Soon enough this government will realize their authoritarian actions and upon waking up that they cannot generate a single dollar by themselves or even keep the country running without donor money, they will readily free you and you will become the next Khmer hero after Tim Sakhorn, Mu Sochua, Chea Vichea and others before you.


You are already our hero!

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Anonymous said...

Hun Sen's regime is so powerful now in practically demand people to vote for it. It's so powerful now it can afford to exercise obsolute power as it's predecessor the KR and the communist style under the banner of democracy and new form of Government supported by those donors country who failed measurable to bring the accountability. They are the collaborator to the crime that this regime commit.
Koun Khmer2010

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