A court in Cambodia on Wednesday sentenced a Cambodian fixer for Russian state-owned TV network RT to two years in prison and a fine of 70 million riels (U.S. $17,200) for “incitement,” drawing scorn from rights groups and his family, who said he never should have been arrested to begin with.
Rath Rott Mony, 48, fled Cambodia for Thailand to seek asylum after helping a visiting crew from RT to make a documentary about child prostitution in Cambodia that was broadcast in October 2018, but was arrested by Thai police two months later and handed back to Cambodian authorities.
He had been detained for more than six months by the time Presiding Judge Koy Sao announced the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict finding him guilty of “incitement to cause discrimination” on Wednesday, without elaborating, following the conclusion of his trial two weeks ago.
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