Phnom Penh (FN), Sept. 14 – The Ministry of National Defense issued a statement to condemn convict Sam Rainsy, former opposition leader, for insulting His Majesty the King.

“Sam Rainsy’s statement in the interview with Radio Free Asia is a serious insult against His Majesty and a violation of Cambodia’s constitution, which are unacceptable by people of all walks of lives,” according to defense ministry’s statement dated Friday.

“The ministry strongly condemns Sam Rainsy for insulting His Majesty and urges the authority to take serious actions,” the statement added.

Sam Rainsy spoke in an interview with Radio Free Asia on 12 September 2019: “Our King is the hostage of Hun Sen; our king is afraid of Hun Sen, as he wants to keep his throne. We cannot expect anything from the king who is the puppet of Hun Sen.”

Article 7 of the constitution stipulated that “The King of Cambodia shall reign, but not govern. The King is the Head of State for life. The Person of the King shall be inviolable.”

The Royal Palace, today 13 September, also issued a statement to condemn convict Sam Rainsy.

In a statement dated 13 September 2019, “The Royal Palace Ministry strongly condemns Sam Rainsy, whose treacherous nature has always harmed the reputation of His Majesty the King of Cambodia, a highly revered King fulfilling a noble role of national unity and sustainability.”

The Royal Palace added that due to the noble role of His Majesty, the kingdom is enjoying peace and development under the leadership of the Royal Government of Cambodia.