Rainsy hit with third court case in three weeks

National Assembly President Heng Samrin has become the latest government official to accuse opposition leader Sam Rainsy of defamation, with a lawyer for the ex-president filing a complaint against Mr. Rainsy over false claims that the 1980s communist regime sentenced King Norodom Sihanouk to death.

Mr. Rainsy made the claim in a post to his Facebook page on 17 November—a day after he failed to return to Cambodia as scheduled, and four days after a lawyer for Foreign Minister Hor Namhong requested that the opposition leader be arrested in line with an unenforced conviction from 2011 for defaming Mr. Namhong.

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