Tboung Khmum Provincial Court yesterday charged a 45-year-old man with incitement to commit felony and placed him in pretrial detention after he posted messages insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen on Facebook.
Theng Cheang, provincial court secretariat chief, said that an investigating judge decided to detain Su Yean and he is now in the provincial prison.
“The investigating judge charged Su Yean with incitement to commit felony,” Mr Cheang said.
The accused faces six months to two years in jail.
Brigadier General Prak Bunnung, deputy provincial police chief, said MrYean was arrested on Monday at 12pm at his home in Memot district’s Triek commune.
“We arrested the suspect following an arrest warrant from the court,” Mr Bunnung said.
According to provincial police chief Major General Pen Rath, police arrested the accused based on a warrant that was issued following complaints from villagers accusing the man of insulting Mr Hun Sen.
On April 20, Mr Yean posted a picture of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy leading a demonstration in South Korea amd wrote that “we have to join together with a candlelight mass demonstration in South Korea…to go against the beast communist regime”.
Pannkhem Bunthan, one of the villagers who filed a complaint, could not be reached for comment, but told local media that he and the others could not accept the messages posted by the accused.
Soeng Sen Karuna, a senior investigator with rights group Adhoc, appealed to people yesterday not to use insulting words against political leaders in order to avoid persecution.
“Please all political commentators, use other means like constructive criticism rather than rude words to insult leaders,” he said.
Mr Sen Karuna added that supporters of the former opposition CNRP must be extra careful as they are under more scrutiny than CPP supporters.
“Supporters of the ruling CPP who use insulting language on Facebook do not get punishmed, but opposition supporters often do,” he said.