King Norodom Sihamoni today granted a royal pardon to former Khmer Power Party president Sourn Serey Ratha, who had been jailed for just over a year after being convicted of inciting military personnel disobedience and demoralising the army.
Serey Ratha was sentenced to five years over the conviction, which followed a message he posted on Facebook urging the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces to resist orders from their leaders.
His message came after a brief border confrontation with Laos that saw armoured vehicles paraded around Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument and Prime Minister Hun Sen on a plane to negotiate with his Lao counterpart.
Mr Serey Ratha told reporters upon his arrival home last night that he missed his children the most.
“From now on I will use my knowledge to help society,” he said. “I am happy that my term did not last five years and I remain committed to being a politician.”
Mr Serey Ratha added that his comments on Facebook were meant to be constructive.
“I only criticised for constructively, not as a form of extreme opposition,” he said. “I criticised the ruling party and also all political parties that had seats in the National Assembly at that time.”
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