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Journalist charged with incitement in capital

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sunday charged and detained a journalist and publisher over alleged incitement in the capital.

Investigating Judge Keth Socheath identified the accused as 41-year-old Cheat Khmer Newspaper publisher Ros Sokhet, living in Phnom Penh’s Kamboul district.

He is charged with “incitement to commit a felony” under Articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code.

If convicted, he faces six months to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

He added the accused has been sent to Prey Sar prison pending trial.

Major Nuon Sopheak, police officer with Municipal Anti-Cyber Crimes Department in Phnom Penh, told Khmer Times last week that on June 7, Sokhet wrote a Facebook post criticising government policy regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingdom.

He added Sokhet also criticised police officers for fining people who drove motorbikes or cars without proper documents during the pandemic.

“His Facebook post has seriously threatened the honour of the leaders of government and also aims to incite discord between the public and authorities,” he said.

Sokhet was arrested on June 25 by the Municipal Anti-Cyber Crimes Department in Phnom Penh.

He was transferred to the Municipal Anti-Cyber Crimes Department and was later brought to the municipal court for questioning.

According to the police report, Sokhet was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison in 2009 after being found guilty of disinformation.

He was freed in 2010 after serving a one-year jail term.

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