Lại đưa lá bài chống Việt Nam làm ngọn cờ tranh cử 2013, SRP trong liên danh CNRP đã phản đòn tấn công của CPP bằng cách tung thông tin khoảng 4,5 triệu người gốc Việt đang sống bất hợp pháp tại CPC. Hôm thứ năm 20-6, Suong Sophorn lãnh tụ thanh niên SRP, ứng viên nghị sỹ QH Đảng CNRP tuyên bố ngoài trụ sở toà án Phnom Penh rằng ông ta đã nộp đơn kiện Ttg Hun Sen về tội chỉ đạo Bộ Nội vụ làm giả Chứng minh thư CPC cấp cho những người Việt Nam cư trú trái phép tại CPC. Sophorn nói với báo chí ” hiện nay nhiều người Việt tự do vào CPC lao động bất hợp pháp và họ cũng có chứng minh thư Khmer”. Tith Sothea NPN của VP Hội đồng bộ trưởng CPC phát biểu với báo chí: ” Người ta phải thận trọng khi kiện vì có thể bị kiện lại vì không có bằng chứng”; cho rằng đơn kiện của Sophorn mang tính chất lợi dụng vì ý đồ chính trị. Sophorn 26 tuổi, lãnh tụ thanh niên SRP, được báo chí dẫn tin bị cảnh sát đánh bị thương trong vụ biểu tình 2011-2012 về giải toả đất đai ở Borey Kella, Phnom Penh. Sophorn cũng là người đã kiện Ttg Hun Sen về trách nhiệm để hơn 300 nạn nhân chết trong vụ giẫm đạp tại cầu sang đảo Koh Pich năm 2011 .
PHNOM PENH, Jun 20 2013 (IPS) – The violence that defined Cambodia during the years of the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979) may have been relegated to the realm of history, but the actions of the ruling party ahead of the Jul. 28 election smack of the dirty politics that once ruled this Southeast Asian country.
Observers and analysts predict that the ruling coalition of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the FUNCINPEC Party will win, thereby adding another five-year term to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 28-year reign.
But that has not stopped an ugly face-off between the CPP and its main competitors, the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) and the Human Rights Party (HRP), which last year consolidated their power under the umbrella of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and now hold 27 out of 123 parliamentary seats.
In response, the 12-member permanent committee of the National Assembly, whose members all hail from the ruling CPP, decided on Jun. 5 to strip 29 legislators, 27 of whom belong to the opposition, of their political power, citing a constitutional clause that bans lawmakers from “party hopping” in order to form mergers.
Within days the ruling coalition had also launched a smear campaign against Kem Sokha, current acting president of the CNRP, claiming that he had denied the existence of the infamous Tuol Sleng prison where over 20,000 Cambodians were executed during the Khmer Rouge years.
CPP politicians claim to have a digital recording of Sokha calling the prison, which doubled up as a torture chamber, a hoax cooked up by the Vietnamese.
Local media outlets quickly ran with the story, but the CNRP vehemently denies the allegation.
“Kem Sokha, more than anybody else, knows about the reality of the Khmer Rouge as both his parents were killed by them,” Mu Sochua, president of SRP Women’s Wing and CNRP’s public relations executive, told IPS.
According to Sochua, the recording is a fabrication, designed to frame Sokha and weaken the growing strength of the opposition coalition, which has been drawing scores of supporters to its rallies, including most recently a 2,000-strong demonstration in the capital, Phnom Penh, and a 3,000-strong march in the northwestern city of Battambang.
Initial reactions to the allegation suggested that the attempt to discredit the opposition was working: on Jun. 9 the ruling coalition amassed 6,000 people at a protest in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park against Sokha’s so-called “denial” of Khmer Rouge rights abuses.
But Tola Moeun, a lawyer with the Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC) who witnessed the event first-hand, said he talked to demonstrators who had been offered five dollars each to attend, a small fortune in a country where 49 percent of the population of 14 million people live on two dollars a day or less, and 26 percent lack adequate food and nutrition.
Moeun told IPS that other so-called demonstrators admitted to joining the protest simply because they had been promised a tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in the capital, and not due to any loyalty towards the CPP.
The Cambodia Daily
June 20, 2013
Prime Minister Hun Sen instructed senior CPP officials on Wednesday to begin legal action against Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha over his allegations that the ruling party has engaged in a campaign to disrupt the opposition’s election bid.
The lawsuit will be the fourth filed against Mr. Sokha in the lead-up to the July 28 national election, and will add to the opposition’s claims that the country’s politically subservient courts are being used to harass them ahead of the vote.
In what he said was likely his last unscripted speech before the start of the one-month election campaign period, Mr. Hun Sen also dared the CNRP to boycott the vote, and warned their rank-and-file members that they too would face the courts should they claim the ruling CPP is trying to disrupt their election bid.
“Please, [Khuon] Sodary and Say Chhum, seek legal action and file a lawsuit against him [Mr. Sokha] before the election,” Mr. Hun Sen said Wednesday, naming two senior CPP stalwarts, in a speech in Kandal province.
Say Chhum is the CPP’s vice president of the Senate, and Khuon Sodary is the CPP’s vice president of the National Assembly.
“You keep saying that the CPP staged it,” Mr. Hun Sen said, referring to the opposition’s claims that their meetings have been disrupted by CPP supporters and that the hand of the CPP can be seen in the three other lawsuits against Mr. Sokha.
“We will file a complaint to the court before the election,” Mr. Hun Sen said, adding that any other CNRP members who dared make the same claims would face the same fate.
“For anyone who is in that party, if you say that the CPP staged [these incidents], we will file a complaint and combine lawsuits including grandpa Chum Mey’s lawsuit and the mistress’ mother’s lawsuit,” Mr. Hun Sen said, without explaining how the two earlier suits against Mr. Sokha could be combined in a court of law.
Mr. Hun Sen also said that his actions were no different from former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings over an affair he had with a White House intern.
He also took on unnamed NGOs who have been critical of his personal attacks against Mr. Sokha; the prime minister has leveled accusations of adultery and illegally purchasing sex from a 15-year-old girl against Mr. Sokha in the past week.
“Please, NGOs who always talk about the USA, but now say that Hun Sen and the CPP are talking about personal issues…. Do you remember the sex scandal of former U.S. President Bill Clinton? Because of a drop of semen on a woman’s skirt, Mr. Clinton was summoned to Congress for a hearing,” Mr. Hun Sen said.