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Siem Reap court charges a man over insulting the king

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Ban Samphy, barber, charged after he was accused of sharing the picture of the king with insult. Pic nokorwatnews

Siem Reap provincial court has charged a 70 year-old man after he was accused of sharing the picture of the king with insult, making him the second person to go to court under the new law adopted this year forbidding the insult of a member of the royal family.

Siem Reap provincial police arrested Ban Samphy, barber, in Chikreng district’s Kampong Kdey commune on Saturday after he was found posting the picture of the king with insult on May 13.

According to Siem Reap provincial court’s warrant signed by the investigating judge Nguon Nara, Mr Samphy was charged with article 437 of the law on Criminal Code Amendment and he was sent to the provincial prison pending trial.

The National Assembly unanimously passed the law in February. If convicted, Mr Samphy could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $12,500.

Kampong Thom Provincial Court last week charged Kheang Navy, director of the Prey Tahou Primary School and also a teacher, after he was accused of insulting the King on Facebook.

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