Cambodia’s democracy and James Ricketson’s fate a fait accompli

The jailing by Cambodia of James Ricketson, an Australian documentary film producer, for “espionage” was predictable. Shamefully, Australia did little to save him, a fact that hardly points to that country as a leader in the Pacific region. Australia should have condemned Cambodia for this politicized charge against one of its own citizens.

Throughout the trial, Ricketson persistently demanded an answer as to which country he was supposed to be spying for. The US? Australia? Certainly not for Vietnam! After all, Hun Sen has enjoyed the “support” of Vietnam since 1979. But neither the prosecutor nor the judges came up with an answer. Because there was none.

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