Cambodia jails 70-year-old in first conviction for royal insult

Phnom Penh – A Cambodian court has jailed a 70-year-old barber for seven months over a violation of the country’s royal insult law, the first such conviction since the law was adopted this year.

A court found Ban Samphy, 70, a member of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), guilty on Thursday after he shared a Facebook post about King Norodom Sihamoni in May, his daughter, Ang Vongpheak, 45, said.

“He was sentenced to a year in prison for insulting the king but only seven months will be enforced,” Yin Srang, a spokesman for the court in the northern province of Siem Reap, told Reuters. He did not elaborate.

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