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Um Sam An asks PM for pardon

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Former CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An is currently jailed for incitement. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Um Sam An, a former CNRP lawmaker currently serving more than two years in prison for incitement, is to ask Prime Minister Hun Sen to pardon him so he can return to political life.

Speaking to reporters on Friday after the Supreme Court upheld charges against him, Mr Sam An said he planned to send a letter to Mr Hun Sen asking for his freedom so he could go back to serving society.

“My request could be made shortly. I will try my best and hope I can be free before November 9. However, I do not acknowledge the mistakes the government and court charged me with,” he said.

Mr Sam An, an American and Cambodian citizen, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison in October last year for Facebook posts in which he accused the government of ceding territory to Vietnam by using improperly demarcated maps at a time of heightened political sensitivity surrounding border issues.

Mr Sam An denies charges against him. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Last week, King Norodom Sihamoni granted a royal pardon to former opposition senator Hong Sok Hour, who was serving a seven-year prison sentence for posting a forged Vietnam border map on his Facebook page in 2015.

Political analyst Meas Ny said pardons for prisoners would go some way to resolving ongoing political tensions in the country.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Mr Sok Hour was pardoned after writing a letter to Mr Hun Sen apologising for his actions.

“Mr Sam An has said himself that he did nothing wrong, so how can he be pardoned?” he said.

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