Aussie filmmaker loses appeal for bail

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Aussie filmmaker James Ricketson at the court. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision to continue the detention of Australian filmmaker James Ricketson on charges of espionage.

Presiding judge Soeng Panhavuth said: “The supreme court denies James Ricketson’s bail application. The supreme court decides to uphold the decision of the Court of Appeal.”

Mr Panhavuth added that the supreme court thought the Appeal Court’s decision was correct because this case is under investigation by the court, so the detention is the necessary.

Mr Ricketson, 68, was arrested near Phnom Penh’s riverside area in June last year and charged with collecting information prejudicial to national defence, which falls under the treason and espionage section of the criminal code.

Mr Ricketson told reporters at the Supreme Court while escorted for ahearing last week that “journalism is not a crime, journalism is not espionage”.

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