Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday ordered a 37-year-old woman to be detained on incitement charges after she allegedly accused Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family of being behind the murder of Kem Ley.
Hin Vansreypov, from Poipet city, allegedly used the Facebook name Heng Leakhena, to discuss the murder on the anniversary of Mr Ley’s death.
“Hun Sen’s family are the killers. Each member of his family has the blood of Kem Ley on their hands,” she said in footage shot during a visit to the slain analyst’s hometown in Takeo province.
In a separate case, police in Preah Sihanouk province yesterday arrested a 26-year-old man who allegedly posted threats to kill Mr Hun Sen.
Facebook user Pich Rotha allegedly wrote: “Hun Sen, you killed lots of Khmer people. It will not be long before you die by my hand.”
The post included an image of a Glock gun and a picture of Mr Hun Sen’s family
“Some day I will shoot you in the head,” the post continued.
Deputy provincial police chief Em Voleak said Mr Rotha, a casino worker, had turned himself in and claimed his account was hacked.
However, he was sent to the anti-terrorism department of the Interior Ministry for further questioning.
Am Sam Ath, managing monitor for rights group Licadho, said he had concerns over freedom of expression on Facebook, specifically for those who make accusations against the leader of the government.