Jailed Australian filmmaker James Ricketson will face trial in Cambodia after a year in prison, accused of espionage by the country’s increasingly authoritarian government.
The pre-trial investigation into Ricketson, 69, was completed last month and the first hearing has been scheduled for Friday, June 15, according to a statement from the filmmaker provided to Fairfax Media.
Ricketson, who was recently transferred to a prison hospital with health complaints after months in a cramped cell with more than 100 other men, said it would be impossible to formulate a defence and organise witnesses in time for the trial.
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