The  opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) senator Thak Lany (Source: phnompenhpost.com)

Phnom Penh(VNA) - Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen on August 1 sued leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy and opposition senator Thak Lany for accusing him of being behind the murder of political analyst Kem Ley. 

The PM’s lawyer Ky Tech submitted complaints against the two opposition figures to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. 

The petitions reckoned that their slanderous allegations are “incorrect” and “seriously affect” the government’s reputation and prestige as well as the PM’s reputation and dignity. The groundless accusations will also cause public unrest and social chaos.

The petitions were made after the opposition leadler Sam Rainsy posted on his Facebook that the government was behind the murder of Kem Ley while during a forum Thak Lany accused the PM of ordering the murder of Kem Ley.

Kem Ley, 46, Director of the Organisation for Social Development, was shot dead at a shop in Phnom Penh on July 10. Police arrested a 38-year-old suspect with a handgun shortly after the murder. 

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 13 charged the suspect with premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm, which could lead to a life behind bars if convicted.-VNA