Cambodian man jailed for insulting king in Facebook posts

Three-year sentence issued in second known conviction under new lèse-majesté law.

A Cambodian court has jailed a man for three years for insulting the king in Facebook posts, the second known conviction under a new lèse-majesté law enacted last year that rights groups fear could be used to stifle dissent.

“The court announced a verdict against Ieng Cholsa which sentenced him to three years in prison and ordered him to pay five million riels (£974),” a Phnom Penh municipal court spokesman said.

The Facebook posts, which the court found had insulted the Cambodian king, Norodom Sihamoni, were uploaded in June, the spokesman said.

In full: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/09/cambodian-man-jailed-insulting-king-facebook-posts-lese-majeste-law

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