Thy Sovantha, who during the 2013 election rose to fame as a CNRP activist, appeared in court on Tuesday over a lawsuit she filed for damages of $100,000 each from two Facebook users who made posts on the site saying she inflated crowd numbers at rallies.
Ms. Sovantha, 20, has this year appeared to shift her support to the ruling CPP and says CNRP supporters Uon Vansak and Mounh Sarath last month defamed her by saying she lied about drawing thousands to her often anti-CNRP rallies.
Thy Sovantha speaks at a news conference in May during which she announced a campaign demanding that deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha step down. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily) Outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Ms. Sovantha said the suit was a matter of principle.
“I want them to know they cannot always use Facebook to defame or accuse anyone as they want,” she said. Ly Sophanna, a court spokesman, said the court had not decided to summon the men.
“We will inform about the next action when the deputy prosecutors handling the case decide,” he said.
Ms. Sovantha is also suing CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, whom she has accused of sex trafficking, for $1 million for allegedly saying in a private telephone conversation that she scammed money from CNRP fans.
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