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Cambodian leader fined for unsafe motorcycle driving

  • Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen pockets his receipt after paying a traffic fine at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 24, 2016. Cambodia's long-serving prime minister, who is known to often boast about his work and achievements, on Friday pad fine for driving a village motorbike without a helmet. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen pockets his receipt after paying a traffic fine at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 24, 2016. Cambodia's long-serving prime minister, who is known to often boast about his work and achievements, on Friday pad fine for driving a village motorbike without a helmet. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen pays a traffic fine at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 24, 2016. Cambodia's long-serving prime minister, who is known to often boast about his work and achievements, on Friday pad fine for driving a village motorbike without a helmet. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen pays a traffic fine at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 24, 2016. Cambodia's long-serving prime minister, who is known to often boast about his work and achievements, on Friday pad fine for driving a village motorbike without a helmet. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen briefs media after paying a traffic violation at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 24, 2016. Cambodia's long-serving prime minister, who is known to often boast about his work and achievements, on Friday pad fine for driving a village motorbike without a helmet. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen briefs media after paying a traffic violation at a local police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, June 24, 2016. Cambodia's long-serving prime minister, who is known to often boast about his work and achievements, on Friday pad fine for driving a village motorbike without a helmet. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

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.