Prince Norodom Ranariddh, recently sentenced in absentia to 18 months in prison in an embezzlement lawsuit, has been charged with adultery for having a mistress while he is still legally married to his wife, a Cambodian court official said Monday.
The prince, a former prime minister, faces up to a year in prison and fines of up to 1 million riel (US$245; â‚¬180) if convicted, said Sok Kalyan, a prosecutor at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, adding that he filed the charge against the prince last month.
He said Ranariddh "has committed adultery with his legally married wife Marie Ranariddh" by abandoning her to live with his mistress Ouk Phalla, a former Cambodian classical dancer. The prince also has a 3-year-old son with the mistress.
The charge, stemming from a recent lawsuit from Marie, was filed under an adultery law that was adopted by Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party-dominated legislature August last year.