Russey Keo district police and officers from the Interior Ministry’s anti-cybercrime department yesterday interrogated a man over a Facebook post he made insulting the country’s leaders.
Roeun Vorn, Chraing Chamres I commune police chief, said the man was brought in for questioning over the alleged Facebook insults.
“He was brought for questioning at the Chraing Chamres II commune office before being sent somewhere else,” he said.
He identified the man as Keo Saravuth, 40.
Russey Keo district police chief Tieng Chansa said that everyone has the right to freedom of expression, but the comments must abide by the law.
“We sent him to the Interior Ministry. He was only brought in for questioning to make sure that his expression of opinions do not affect others’ rights,” he said.
Mr Chansa noted that he was not sure what the comments made on Facebook were, exactly, and could only confirm that they were about the country’s top leaders.
Chea Pov, director of the anti-cybercrime department in charge of the questioning, said the man was not arrested or detained, but simply invited for questioning and education.
“We did not arrest him. If we arrested him, we need to have the court warrant according to the law,” he said. “He was only invited to corroborate his comments.
“And it was just a misunderstanding and after he clarified things, it was not a problem so we let him go home.”