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Rainsy convicted of defamation and incitement of unrest

Former CNRP president Sam Rainsy was found guilty by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday of yet another case of incitement and defamation for his remark that the killing of political commentator Kem Ley was state-backed terrorism, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Thursday.

The conviction coincided with the 20th anniversary of the grenade attack on a rally led by Rainsy. The court handed down one year and eight months jailterm on Rainsy along with a 10 million riel fine plus a symbolic fine of 100 riel to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

After Kem Ley's death last year, Rainsy took to Facebook to call the killing a state sponsored act, leading to Hun Sen's lawyer Ky Tech filing a court complaint on behalf of the prime minister.

Many believe Kem Ley's killing to be politically motivated and the conviction this month of the shooter in the case has done little to quell suspicion that he acted at the behest of others.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)