While the eight families whose houses were bulldozed by Shukaku Inc. on Sep. 16 have filed a lawsuit with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court against Shukaku, a private contractor, and three government officials, five community representatives were summonsed by the court on criminal charges.
According to the summons, representatives Heng Mom, Tep Vanny, and Bun Keo, as well as two others, are charged with “insulting” and “intimidating” Srah Chak commune chief Chhay Thirith. Insulting and intimidating government officials is a criminal offence under the new Penal Code, and carries a sentence of at least 2 years for those convicted. The summonses do not specify when the alleged offences occurred. The community representatives, who deny the charges, are due in court at different times starting Friday.