Lieutenant General Dy Vichea has lashed out at former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of being behind the death of his father, former chief of National Police General Hok Lundy.
Gen Lundy died in 2008 when his helicopter crashed in Svay Rieng province. Last week, Mr Rainsy took to Facebook and said Mr Hun Sen planted a bomb onboard Gen Lundy’s helicopter.
Mr Rainsy said Lt Gen Vichea knew why his father was killed and that a plan to take revenge is being supported by Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
In response, Lt Gen Vichea yesterday decried Mr Rainsy’s statement as a wicked attempt to cause social chaos. He also called the statement misinformation that would deceive the public.
He added that his father’s helicopter got into an accident due to poor weather conditions and that Mr Rainsy took advantage of the story in order to use it to serve his political ambition and divide government officials.
“This is not the first time that Sam Rainsy has made up false information and incited to undermine social stability and national solidarity,” Lt Gen Vichea said. “There has been a Facebook account [accusing] a government official of attacking the government and inciting the military to take over the government.”
“Speaking words in a false and irresponsible manner has become the habit of the convict Sam Rainsy,” he added.
During a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh last week, Mr Hun Sen challenged Mr Rainsy to swear on the lives of his family over the accusation.
He also said that if Mr Rainsy plans to return to the Kingdom on July 19, troops could shoot down his plane or have him arrested as soon as he lands.
Additionally, the government on Friday announced the preparation of two separate lawsuits against Mr Rainsy that will be filed to a court in France over the allegation.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan yesterday said the government’s lawyers are now preparing documents. Mr Siphan said it is unclear yet when the suits will be submitted.
“It is important to bring it to the court because his allegation could lead to social unrest and public misunderstanding,” he said. “I think the government’s lawyers will soon file the lawsuits. It won’t take too long to gather information and evidence.”