On 20 February 2012, Soum Chankea, Banteay Meanchey Provincial Coordinator for the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is due for questioning on a charge of Slanderous Denunciation under Article 311 of the Penal Code. The summons follows a complaint lodged by the head of the Banteay Meanchey branch of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) Oum Socheath.
Mr. Chankea’s summons follows ADHOC’s intervention after a complaint by a 25 year old waitress alleging sexual harassment and molestation against Ou Socheath and another man, Pong Piseth. The woman in question filed a complaint with the local authorities but it is said that no steps were made to report the issue. ADHOC provided legal advice to the victim and Soum Chankea urged the police and the prosecutor’s office to take action and investigate the case.
Slanderous Denunciation is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between one month and one year and a fine of between $25 and $500 USD.