A lawyer representing rights group Adhoc will seek bail for Rath Rott Mony, a news fixer who was charged with incitement to discriminate over his involvement in the production of a Russia Today sex trafficking documentary dismissed as “fake news” government.
Mr Rott Mony aided the production of “My Mother Sold Me” and was placed in pre-trial detention on December 13 after being charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Mr Rott Mony and his family had briefly fled to Thailand in order to seek asylum in the Netherlands before Thai officials detained and deported him back to Cambodia.
Sam Titseyha, the lawyer, said he will begin the bail process tomorrow, noting that he has strong evidence to support Mr Rott Mony’s claim of innocence.
“My client had done all the right steps as a news fixer – he helped the RT team to inform relevant officials. I have obtained all of these documents,” he said. “I also have the agreements between Mr Rott Mony and the three main sources in the film to prove that he did not manipulate the facts.”
Mr Titseyha said authorities must consider the reality of Cambodia’s sex industry, noting that the documentary aims to raise awareness for the protection of young girls.
“My client had no intention to make any negative impact on the country,” he added. “He just wanted to reveal how these girls lived after their nightmares ended.”
Court spokesman Ly Sophanna could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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