Cambodia jails 70-year-old in first conviction for royal insult

05 Oct 2018 02:10PM

A court found Ban Samphy, 70, a member of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), guilty on Thursday after he shared a Facebook post about King Norodom Sihamoni in May, his daughter, Ang Vongpheak, 45, said.

In February, Cambodia’s parliament unanimously adopted the law forbidding insults to the monarchy. Rights groups expressed concern at the time that the law, similar to one in neighbouring Thailand, could be used against critics of the government.

Last year, the Supreme Court dissolved the opposition CNRP at the government’s request. It was found guilty of plotting to take power with the help of the United States – an accusation the party has denied.

In July, the ruling party Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen won a general election that critics said was flawed because of a lack of a credible opposition, among other factors.

“I’m not happy with the court decision but I don’t know what we can do,” she said.

(Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Clarence Fernandez)

Source: Reuters


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