The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has sentenced a former opposition official to one and a half years in prison for calling for a boycott of the 2018 election and criticizing the government in Facebook posts. Three other officials, including exiled acting opposition leader Sam Rainsy, were sentenced in absentia to one year and eight months’ imprisonment in the same case.
Presiding Judge Pich Vicheathor on Friday found CNRP official Kong Mas, 32, guilty of incitement to commit a felony and insult under Articles 495 and 502 of the Criminal Code.
During the trial on October 2, the court questioned the former opposition candidate for Svay Rieng province over multiple posts on Facebook, including a call for an election boycott in 2018. The court also heard that Mas had at one point controlled five Facebook accounts.
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