A 31-year-old teacher was yesterday charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court over death threats made to an online friend over an argument on social media.
Ly Sokha, a court clerk, identified the accused as Yon Piseth, a high school teacher in Chbar Ampov district.
Mr Sokha said that Mr Piseth was charged with drug use and death threats and faces up to two years in prison if convicted.
He added that the accused was arrested on Friday after a complaint was filed by Son Kimsa, a staffer at the Active People Microfinance Company in the capital.
Captain Veng Vichetr, a Daun Penh district police officer, said that according to the complaint, the two men were acquainted through Facebook, where they chatted and shared comments with each other.
Cap Vichetr added that last month, the accused posted “impolite words” on Facebook.
Mr Kimsa replied by questioning Mr Piseth’s occupation and morality as a teacher.
“You are a teacher, but your writing is poor,” Mr Kimsa said on Facebook. “You shouldn’t be a teacher, you look more like a drug user.”
Cap Vichetr added that the message enraged the accused, who in response threatened to shoot his Facebook friend.
“After receiving the messages, the victim filed a complaint with the district police,” he said. “The accused was later arrested on Friday.”
Cap Vichetr noted that following the arrest, urine tests showed the accused was positive for drugs.
Cap Vichetr said that the accused has been placed in pre-trial detention as he awaits a hearing.