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Woman arrested for calling PM a traitor over king’s land

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Police say Mao Linda agreed that she put up the offending Facebook posts. Supplied

Banteay Meanchey provincial court has questioned a casino worker in Poipet town who insulted Prime Minister Hun Sen through a Facebook post in which she accused him of being a traitor and selling land that belonged to a former king.

Sith Los, provincial deputy police chief, said Mao Linda was arrested on Saturday and accused of defamation before being questioned at the courthouse yesterday.

Formal charges have not yet been laid, he added.

According to police, Ms Linda, using her Facebook page Linda GiGi, wrote a comment on a Fresh News post accusing Mr Hun Sen of being a traitor.

“Cambodia does not accept Hun Sen’s family, who took the land of a former king to sell,” the comment said. “You are a traitor.”

According to a court official, charges are pending and the suspect has been remanded in police custody pending further questioning at the court today.

“She confessed in front of us that it is her real Facebook account,” Mr Los said.

Soum Chankea, provincial coordinator for human right group Adhoc, said that in a democratic country, citizens should not be criminally punished for expressing their opinions.

“Cambodian government officials should not punish citizens for criticising them,” he said. “If they arrest and accuse those who just criticise leaders’ activities, then the sprouts of democracy will fall down.”

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