The wife and son of news fixer Ratt Roth Mony, charged over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary, yesterday met and submitted a letter to UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith seeking her intervention to free him from prison.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on December 13 charged Mr Roth Mony with incitement to discriminate for aiding Russia Today’s production of “My Mother Sold Me”, which was dismissed as fake news by the government, and he was placed in pre-trial detention in Prey Sar prison.
Long Kimheang, his wife, yesterday said she met Ms Smith in the UN office in Phnom Penh and briefed her on the case.
“I told her the documentary clearly reflected the real lives of those featured in the film who later retracted their statements over the loss of their daughters’ virginities because they feared arrest,” she said. “My husband was just a translator and he is innocent.”
Ms Kimheang also said that in the letter, she informed Ms Smith that the charges laid against her husband, who is also a labour activist, is unjust.
“I would like to ask Ms Smith to intervene in the case and lobby the government to drop the charges against my husband and release him from jail,” she said. “I want our family to be reunited so that we can continue with our social work.”
Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun, National Police spokesman, yesterday said the police have been questioning the actors in the documentary, noting that the investigation is ongoing and requires more time.
“Mr Roth Mony put the blame on the RT production crews who were foreigners. At first he stood by the film and said it was a true story but later he claimed he was just a translator,” he said. “We have a lot to figure out in this case.”
“I received a petition from Long Kimheang and I am looking into the situation,” said Ms Smith.