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PHNOM PENH--Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen plan to have a new lawsuit filed against his arch political rival Sam Rainsy for alleging that the former masterminded the death of his own police chief in a helicopter crash over a decade ago, a government’s spokesman said Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, who is also Minister of Interior, also plans to sue Sam Rainsy separately, Phay Siphan, the spokesman, said.
He said Hun Sen, during a cabinet meeting Friday, ordered his lawyer to prepare a lawsuit to file with a court in France, where Sam Rainsy, the leader of the now-disbanded Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), is living in self-imposed exile.
Hun Sen’s legal action is in response to a recent allegation Sam Rainsy has made that the prime minister had masterminded a helicopter crash that killed former National Police Chief Hok Lundy in 2008.
“Hun Sen decided to kill Hok Lundy because he knew lot of bad things Hun Sen had committed,” Rainsy said in a Facebook post on June 2. He also alleged that Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng has also pondered about overthrowing Hun Sen from power.
Phay Siphan, the spokesman, described both Sam Rainsy’s allegations regarding the death of the former police chief and the plot to topple Hun Sen as baseless. He, however, did not say when the lawsuits will be filed