Activist Kung Raiya Receives Suspended Sentence in Kem Ley Shirt Trial

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday handed down a suspended sentence to dissident Kung Raiya, finding him guilty on charges related to his printing of T-shirts with murdered political analyst Kem Ley’s image and words.

Judge Ouk Reth Kunthea said Raiya, who was not present in court, would not need to serve additional jail time after being locked up for four months and 18 days in pretrial detention last year. The remainder of Raiya’s two-year sentence was suspended, Kunthea said in the courtroom.

The activist’s confiscated belongings, including a phone, computer, books and the Kem Ley T-shirts that he had advertised for sale online to commemorate the third anniversary of the popular government critic’s killing, would remain in the possession of the court as state property, the judge said.

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