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Cambodian Opposition Chief Handed Heavy Fines in Defamation Ruling

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was found guilty Friday of defaming National Assembly President Heng Samrin, a high-ranking member of the ruling party, in a Facebook post last November. Under Article 305 of the criminal code, Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Ros Piseth charged Rainsy with public defamation over the November 17 post, and ordered him to pay $37,000 (150 million riel) to Samrin, a senior Cambodian People’s Party member, and $2,400 (10 million riel) to the...

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