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James Ricketson gets six years

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James Ricketson arrives at the Phnom Penh court. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was sentenced to six years in prison on August 31.  He was found guilty of espionage and collecting information considered prejudicial to the national defence.

After the verdict was announced, Mr Ricketson yelled from the prison van, “Please, tell me. Which country was I spying for?”

He has 30 days to appeal his sentence.

James Ricketson, 69 years old, has been behind bars since he was arrested on espionage charges for operating a drone to film a CNRP rally in June 2017 without authorization.

Kong Sam Onn, Mr Ricketson’s defence attorney, will confer with him about requesting a royal pardon.  “I am disappointed with the decision. The judges have no clear evidence … “and one must consider his age.

In a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen in July, Mr Ricketson asked for clemency, writing, “I apologise unreservedly and without condition for any distress, I may have caused as a result of my ignorance of Cambodian issues.  If there’s anything I can do to remedy my mistake, please let me know, as I only want the best for you and Cambodia.”


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