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Man who ‘insulted’ PM granted bail

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Huy Odom was arrested over a 2013 video clip. Supplied

The Kratie Provincial Court yesterday released on bail a 29-year-old man charged with incitement over a video clip of him insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Huy Odom was arrested on Friday over a 2013 video clip that recently surfaced on Facebook showing him attacking Mr Hun Sen.

In the clip, Mr Odom said: “Hun Sen grabbed land… he destroyed natural resources, exploited mines and cut down forests. You were born Khmer, but your nature is as a dog and Khmer citizens do not believe in you any more.”

Oum Phy, deputy provincial police chief, said Mr Odom was arrested on Friday in Prek Prasap district’s Prek Prasap commune and was on Saturday charged with incitement to commit crimes and placed in prison. Kva Saran, chief of the provincial prison, confirmed yesterday that he had released Mr Odom after investigating Judge Thann Khung granted him bail.

“We released him from prison this afternoon,” said Mr Saran.

Judge Khung could not be reached for comment.

Mr Odom told Fresh News website upon his release that he regretted the comment he made in the 2013 video clip.

“It was not right what I said and I regret it deeply and wish to apologise to Prime Minister Hun Sen,” Mr Odom said. “I confess the insults were not good manners and will stop my immoral activism and slandering government leaders.”

“I also want to send a message to other youth not to insult the government or edit photographs to produce false information,” he added.

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