Australian filmmaker’s trial set for Friday on Cambodian spying charges

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson will stand trial this Friday, facing espionage charges that carry a possible 10-year prison sentence.

Mr Ricketson has been held in pre-trial detention since his arrest in Phnom Penh more than a year ago, waiting for a judge to conduct a preliminary investigation.

Judge Pich Vichearthor could have dropped the charges but has decided to go ahead with a trial.

Mr Ricketson told the ABC he expects to receive a translated explanation today of why the case is going ahead.

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