“Porn dance” poster penalized

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Daniel Jones is escorted to Siem Reap Provincial Court for his hearing. AFP

Daniel Richard Leeming Jones, 31, one of 10 people arrested in late January for “pornographic dancing” at a pool party in Siem Reap, has been sentenced by the Siem Reap Provincial Court on March 20.  He must serve less than a sixth of the one year sentence.

Yin Srang, spokesman for the court, said: “The Siem Reap Provincial Court sentenced Daniel Richard Leeming Jones to one year in prison, but he is only required to serve a jail term of one month and 22 days [from the day of his arrest] and the remaining sentence is suspended.”

This means that, providing the prosecutor does not contest the verdict, Mr Jones will be released on Wednesday, March 21.

Although over 85 people were present, only 10 were arrested.  Nine of the 10 arrested pool party participants had their charges dropped in February and were deported to their homelands.

At his first hearing on March 15, Mr Jones admitted to publicizing the “Let’s Get Wet” event on Facebook, with images from attendees of a previous pool party.  He insisted that there was no nudity or sex depicted.

He apologised in court, saying he did not know the advertisements were considered “pornographic” and a breach of Cambodia’s laws.  “Now I understand that in Cambodia these pictures are not proper.”

 

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