Phnom Penh Municipal Court today sentenced a 23-year-old transvestite law student to two years in jail. However, one year had been suspended making him eligible to be freed after serving just one year. He was charged and convicted for insulting Khmers in a video clip posted on Facebook after he was assaulted by a group of men in the capital in February.
Judge Mao Sina said that the court sentenced Yin Heng, 23, well known as Champei Khmao to two years in jail but he will only serve one year in jail while the remainder of the sentence will be suspended.
“The court sentenced Yin Heng, 23, to two years in jail but he will serve only one year in jail and the remainder of the sentence is suspended and the court also fines him 3 million riel [about $750] over insulting Khmer nation,” Judge Sina said.
Mr Heng was arrested on February 5 by anti-cybercrime police from the Interior Ministry at his rental house in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district after his Facebook post, which contained a barrage of insults against Khmers, caused an outcry from other users.