Mu Sochua: You can impound my salary but I’m not changing my stance

Thursday, July 22, 2010

22 July 2010
By Leang Delux
Radio France Internationale
Translated from Khmer by Heng Soy
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Because SRP MP Mu Sochua refused to pay the compensation fee to Hun Xen as ordered by the court, a judge from the Phnom Penh municipal court issued another order to impound her MP’s salary. Mu Sochua commented that the court can force the impounding of her salary, but it cannot make her change her stance.

A judge from the Phnom Penh municipal court issued an order dated 20 July, ordering the impounding of Mrs. Mu Sochua’s salary to pay for Hun Xen compensation after Mrs. Mu Sochua lost her case and refused to pay the compensation amount. Judge Chea Sok Hieng of the Phnom Penh municipal court issued a decision to impound Mrs. Mu Sochua’s salary at the finance department of the National Assembly (NatAss). The impound amounts to 4.2 million riels per month (~$1,000). According to the judge, Mrs. Mu Sochua would have earned 7.3 million riels (per month) during the pay period ending 15 July 2010, this amount is equivalent to about $1,800.

According to the judge’s decision, the impounding of Mrs. Mu Sochua’s salary will continue until all the compensation amount is recovered. The court earlier issued an order for her to pay 8 million riels in compensation to Hun Xen. The latest court order indicated that Mrs. Mu Sochua must not block, prevent or refuse to have the official in charge of the NatAss pay department from impounding her salary.

Regarding this issue, Mrs. Mu Sochua commented that it was a forced order by the court which she cannot oppose. She indicated that the court can impound her salary, but it does not mean that she agrees to lose her case. She added that she still maintains her stance and she considers the court decision as being unfair. She also called on the court to act independently.


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