Phnom Penh Municipal Court today convicted and sentenced a man to three years in prison with a fine of $1,250 for insulting the King on Facebook.
Judge Theam Chanpisethm identified the man as Eang Chulsar, a 26-year-old chicken vendor from Chamkar Mon district.
“Based on the evidence, as well as the confession of the accused, the court finds the accused guilty,” Judge Chanpisethm said. “Therefore, the court has decided to sentence him to three years in prison and orders him to pay $1,250 to be put in the state’s coffer.”
Judge Chanpisethm said Mr Chulsar was charged with insulting the King and issuing a death threat.
Major Sok Borin, an officer with the Interior Ministry’s anti-cyber crime department, said on June 13, 2018, Mr Chulsar posted photos of King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Moninead Sihanouk.
Maj Borin said it was the caption Mr Chulsar wrote that got him arrested.
“He wrote ‘Take drugs. I want to kill him because he is useless. A dog King. He knows nothing. It would be better if he was dead’,” he said.
Full story in Thursday’s paper