Cambodian Imprisoned for Mocking Prime Minister on Facebook

Cambodian citizen Ny Nak was sentenced to prison for 18 months and was ordered to pay a $500 fine for turning people against the government and creating a Facebook post criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen.

According to reports from the Khmer Times, Nak posted in the social media platform that he intended to announce a “state of emergency” in his henhouse, mimicking a speech that Hun Sen made on December 7, 2020. 

The police arrested him on December 12 and charged him with “insult” and “incitement”, and was denied bail in January. Nak was convicted again on August 19. 

Judge Song Bunnarith identified Nak as an agricultural entrepreneur who often posted critical comments on the government’s policies on his personal Facebook page. 

Judge Bunnarith said, “The court is sentencing the accused, Ny Nak,  to one year and six months in prison and ordering him to pay two million Riels (about $500) as a fine to put in the state’s budget.”

The judge told the accused that if he is unsatisfied with the charges and the fine, he is free to plead again within 30 days to the Appeal Court.

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