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Ricketson’s lawyer seeks pardon

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James Ricketson while escort to trial at the court. KT/Mai Vireak

The lawyer of jailed Australian filmmaker James Ricketson today submitted a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen to ask King Norodom Sihamoni to pardon his client.

Kong Sam Onn, Mr Ricketson’s lawyer, said that the letter was submitted to Mr Hun Sen’s cabinet office.

“I sent the letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet office this morning to ask if the King could pardon my client,” Mr Sam Onn said, noting that Mr Ricketson is innocent. “For the life of James, he’s only a filmmaker – he wasn’t involved in espionage.”

Mr Ricketson has been behind bars ever since his arrest in 2017 for flying a drone to film an opposition rally without authorisation.

Mr Ricketson was sentenced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on August 31 to six years in prison for collecting information considered prejudicial to national defence.

Kong Chamroeun, an official at the Prime Minister’s cabinet office, said that he has not received the letter.

“I don’t know anything about this yet,” Mr Chamroeun said.

During his trial, Mr Ricketson said that he was a journalist and that he had no political agenda. Character witnesses testified that Mr Ricketson worked to help poor Cambodians.

Full story in Friday’s paper

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