Bail granted to ‘porn dancers’

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The group was arrested after simulating sexual acts at a party. Supplied

The Siem Reap Provincial Court has granted bail to seven of ten foreigners charged with producing pornography at the end of last month.

Yin Srang, spokesman for the court, said that “seven of ten foreigners charged with producing pornography were released on bail on Wednesday”.

“They may not leave the country because their passports were taken away,” he added.

Mr Srang said the provincial court finished the investigation into the case yesterday. Investigating judge Chhe Virak declined to comment.

The ten were arrested in Siem Reap on January 28 for organising what officials described as “porn dancing” at a venue in the tourist town, which another 77 foreigners took part in.

Sourng Sophea, a lawyer for the ten foreigners, said he did not know seven had been released on bail because his clients did not contact him.

“I just knew that the investigating judge finished the investigation on this case,” Mr Sophea said. “I think that the provincial court sped up the case.”

Mr Sophea said he maintained his clients were innocent of the charges laid against them by the court, arguing the criminal case against them was unreasonable.

He said they admitted wearing “sexy” clothes and singing and dancing as well as drinking during a pool party called “Let’s Get Wet”, but denied accusations they made pornography.

Ouch Sopheaktra, another lawyer for those arrested, said the three remaining suspects in detention were from Britain, the Netherlands and Norway.

A total of 77 tourists were warned and let go after the incident, while the remaining 10 were charged.

They have been charged for production of pornography under Article 39 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, which carries a maximum prison sentence of one year and a fine from about $50 to $500.

The ten foreigners include five Britons: Billy Stevens, 21, Thomas Alexander Jeffries, 22, Daniel Richard Leeming Jones, 30, Paul Francis Harris, 32, and Vincent Harley Robert Hook, 35, alongside two Canadian women, Eden Koazoleas, 19, and Jessica Drolet, 26.

The remaining three were identified as Job Robertus van der Wel, from the Netherlands, 22, David Nikolaus Aleksandr Ballovarre, 22, of Norway, and Paul Martin Brasch, 32, of New Zealand.

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