Kampong Thom Provincial Court today charged and jailed a man accused of inciting unrest over the government’s decision to cancel Khmer New Year celebrations and restrict inter-provincial travel in a bid to stem the coronavirus pandemic.
Major Duong Rithy, deputy chief of the Kampong Thom Provincial Internal Security Department, identified the accused as Lekh Seangly, 21, a gas vendor from Taing Kork district’s Treal commune.
Seangly was charged with “incitement to commit a felony” under Article 495 of the Criminal Code. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and a fine of between $250 and $1,000.
According to Maj Rithy, Seangly, in a Facebook post on April 10, said: “Prime Minister Hun Sen used the coronavirus epidemic as an excuse for the Kingdom’s economic losses when the downturn is, in fact, caused by the EBA withdrawal…Samdech Hun Sen is a foolish and arrogant prime minister.”
Maj Rithy said after the post was written, the internal security department, in collaboration with the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Cyber Department police, investigated to determine who’s behind the post and locate his whereabouts.
Seangly was arrested Monday at his residence, said Maj Rithy.