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Australian’s bail hearing heard in Supreme Court

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A bail hearing was held in James Ricketson's case on Wednesday. Supplied

The Supreme Court on Wednesday held a hearing on the bail complaint of Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who has been charged with collecting information prejudicial to national defence.

Mr Ricketson, 68, was arrested near Phnom Penh’s riverside and charged with collecting information prejudicial to national defence, a charge that falls under the treason and espionage section of the criminal code.

He was rejected bail by the Appeal Court on August 9, 2017.

Mr Ricketson said at that hearing that he requested to be release on bail because he did not do anything wrong and he cannot run away because his film equipment worth a total of about $50,000 and his passport was confiscated.

“I did not do anything wrong under the law. My mistake was flying a drone and I did not have permission,” he said.

Chhuon Chantha, the deputy general-director of the Supreme Court, said Mr Ricketson was charged under the criminal code, so the court should be keep him in the jail and continue investigating the case.

“Please judges, uphold the Appeal Court’s decision,” said Mr Chantha.

Presiding judge Soeng Panhavuth said that the verdict will be announce on January 17.

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