Two Charged with Incitement For Commemorating Slain Political Commentator

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday charged Kung Raiya, 28, and Suong Neak Poan, 29, for “incitement to commit a felony” based on Cambodia’s criminal code, according to human rights observers who followed the case.

If found guilty, the accused could face between six months to two years imprisonment.

Raiya, seen by rights group as an opposition supporter, was arrested on Tuesday after attempting to sell t-shirts on Facebook with images of political commentator Kem Ley. Suong Neak Poan, a supporter of Kem Ley, was arrested on Wednesday while he was distributing brochures to call for an end to “extrajudicial killings” near Kem Ley’s assassination site at Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh. The brochures were part of the commemoration of the third year anniversary of Kem Ley’s killing.

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