Cambodian Russia Today translator’s ‘fake news’ case sent to appeal court

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jul 15) ordered the case of a translator jailed for involvement in a Russia Today documentary about sex trafficking be heard by an appeal court, due to what his lawyer said was a “factual problem” during his trial.

A lower court last year sentenced Rath Rott Mony, 49, to two years in prison for incitement to cause discrimination, after he assisted a Russian news crew in the making of a film that the government said contained “fake news” about Cambodia.

His lawyer Lor Chunthy said the Supreme Court, in a brief decision, referred the case “after finding that there is a factual problem”. He did not elaborate.

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