Kong Sam Onn, was the representing lawyer for opposition politician,
Ms. MU Sochua, in a case against Prime minister Hun Sen who allegedly defamed her.
Sam Onn attended a press conference to seek an apology and announce the
forthcoming law suit by his client.
Kong Sam Onn commenced the lawsuit he was charged with defamation under
Article 63 along with Mu Sochua.
lawyer for Mr. Hun Sen, Mr. Ky Tech, file a complaint against Kong Sam Onn to
the Bar Council alleging that Kong Sam Onn violated Bar Association rules
by asserting during a press conference held April 23 - three days before
Mu Sochua's suit was filed - that Hun Sen defamed her.
18 June, the Bar Council made a decision that Kong Sam Onn had breached
articles 4, 6 and 15 of the Bar Code of Ethics and disbarred him from practising laws.
Secretary General Suon Visal acknowledged that two council members - whom he
declined to name - held positions in the government, but said this would
not affect the final decision.
saying he believed the council was
not independent, adding that he would appeal the decision, Kong Sam Onn ,
reportedly under extreme pressure , wrote an apology letter to Prime
Minister Mr. Hun Sen, withdrawing from representation of Mu Sochua and Ho
Vann on July 7, 2009.
When he apologised to Mr. Hun Sen and
joined his party, all charges against him were immediately dropped and
cleared, paving the way for him to practise laws again.
Sam Onn also represents another opposition parliamentarian, Mr. Ho Vann
who is charged with defamation and incitement. Mu Sochua’s and Ho Vann’s
parliamentary immunity was lifted in a closed meeting of the National
Assembly on 22 June 2009.
Mu Sochua and Ho Vann are reportedly having difficulty finding another
lawyer to represent them.