Family of James Ricketson ‘hesitant’ about film-maker returning to Cambodia

Australian ‘grateful to have his freedom’ after 15 months in prison as family urge 69-year-old to ‘chill out’ and take ‘time to reflect’.

The family of film-maker James Ricketson have celebrated “a very happy day” after his return to Australia on Sunday night, but admit to feeling “hesitant” about the 69-year-old returning to Cambodia any time soon.

Ricketson, an Australian documentary film-maker, had spent 15 months inside a Cambodian jail but returned to Australia on Sunday night after he was granted clemency from the king, Norodom Sihamoni.

On Monday his family spoke to the media in Sydney, saying Ricketson was “grateful to have his freedom”. He had been expected to front the media himself, but was “still recuperating”.

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