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Cambodian Prime Minister fined for unsafe motorcycle driving

Hun Sen told reporters that even as prime minister he could not cite parliamentary immunity to avoid punishment.

Published: 24th June 2016 11:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2016 11:37 PM   |  A+A-

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Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen pays a traffic fine at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. |AP

By AP

PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, known as a tough and canny politician, is pitching himself as a repentant driving scofflaw.

Hun Sen turned up at a police station on Friday to pay a 15,000 riel ($3.75) fine for driving a motorcycle without a helmet and license plate during a recent visit to the southern province of Koh Kong.

On his Facebook page this past week he apologized after the photos he posted of his ride drew criticism.

He told reporters that even as prime minister he could not cite parliamentary immunity to avoid punishment, a dig at lawmakers from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party who complain of being stripped of their immunity after being targeted in the courts by Hun Sen.

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