Sam Rainsy, former leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) (Photo: cambodiadaily.com)
 
Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Phnom Penh Court of First Instance on March 30 sentenced Sam Rainsy, former leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), to 20 months in jail for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen and the government of being behind the assassination of political analyst Kem Ley.

Sam Rainsy was charged with defamation and incitement to cause turmoil for social security according to Articles 305, 494 and 495 of the Penal Code.

Besides, Sam Rainsy was fined 10 million riel (2,500 USD) and asked to pay 100 riel (2.5 US cents) in compensation to PM Hun Sen.

Earlier on March 23, the court gave life imprisonment to Eurth Ang (alias Choup Samlap), 38, for murdering Kem Ley.

Sam Rainsy has been living in exile since November 2015 to avoid a two-year imprisonment for defaming Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong. Sam Rainsy was also given other sentences in Cambodia.

On February 11, 2017, he announced to resign and left the CNRP.-VNA