The recent guilty verdict in the long running espionage trial of Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who was arrested last year for flying a drone over an opposition political rally without a permit, is troubling on several fronts with respect to how justice is meted out in Cambodia.
The precedents evident in the handing down of the six-year jail term sentence are extraordinary. Prosecutor Seang Sok did not name the country the 69-year-old spied for, no witnesses were produced, nor was there any proof that he was paid to collect information or a clear establishment of motive.
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