US condemns teen’s jailing in Cambodia over social media posts

The U.S. is condemning the jailing of a teenager in Cambodia who was convicted in connection to messages he shared on social media that were critical of ruling party officials.

Sovann Chhay, 16, who is the son of a detained member of the political opposition and an activist, was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison, according to Reuters. His indictment included charges for insulting public officials, according to France 24.

He will spend four months and 15 days behind bars, with the rest of his sentence being suspended, Reuters reported.

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