Another senior official for rights group Adhoc has been drawn into court proceedings that accuse her colleagues of bribing a witness in a case involving CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha and an alleged mistress.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge Theam Chanpiseth issued a warrant on Friday summoning Chhan Sokunthea, head of Adhoc’s women and children’s rights program, to appear for questioning on August 24.
She was called to testify as a witness in the bribery case against “four charged Adhoc officials,” Ly Sophana, a spokesman for the municipal court, said on Monday.
The Adhoc officials were jailed in May over claims they bribed Mr. Sokha’s alleged mistress to deny the affair while under questioning by authorities.
Mr. Sophana also confirmed that a court summons issued last week for Pa Nguon Teang, head of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, to appear for questioning this week was related to the case.
Ms. Sokhunthea could not be reached. Mr. Sokha has been under self-imposed house arrest at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh since late May to avoid arrest for failing to answer several court summonses to appear for questioning as a witness in the case.
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