Phnom Penh Municipal Court today postponed a hearing for detained Australian journalist and filmmaker James Ricketson after his new lawyer said he had not finished studying the complaint documents.
Presiding judge Seng Leang announced the delay after the court spent 30 minutes asking what the lawyers and prosecutor thought.
“After consideration, the court decide to delay the hearing following the defence lawyers’ request and the hearing will be on August 16,” Mr Leang said.
Mr Ricketson was arrested in June last year while he was using a drone camera to film a CNRP rally in front of the Royal Palace without authorisation. Police confiscated the drone and other materials.
The court has charged Mr Ricketson with collecting information prejudicial to national defence. The charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in jail.
In court, lawyer Kong Sam Un asked for the delay because he had received the request to defend Mr Ricketson a short time earlier.
Mr Sam Un said he had not had time to study the complaint documents.
“I am asking to delay the hearing for one month because I need to meet my client at the prison several times to clarify some points in the evidence,” he said.
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