Woman gets one year for Facebook insult

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Facebook user Hin Vansreypov is escorted to the court. Supplied

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday sentenced a 37-year-old woman to one year in prison and a fine one million riel (about $250) for allegedly accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family of being behind the murder of prominent political analyst Kem Ley.

Y Thavireak, a judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said the accused was identified as Hin Vansreypov and was also known as Heng Leakhena, 37, and was a supporter of the former opposition party.

She was charged by the court’s prosecutor with “incitement to commit a felony” under articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code.

“The court decided to sentence her to one year in prison and a fine one million riel to put in the state’s budget,” said Mr Thavireak.

Mr Thavireak added that Ms Hin Vansreypov had been arrested on July 10, 2017, in Banteay Meanchey province after she had posted messages on Facebook under her fake name “Heng Leakhena” on the anniversary of Mr Ley’s death.

“Hun Sen’s family are the killers. Each member of his family has the blood of Kem Ley on their hands,” her Facebook message said.

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