No proof jailed teen is autistic, says Cambodian court

Global rights groups have condemned the jailing of Kak Sovanchhay over social media posts.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has said there was no proof that 17-year-old Kak Sovanchhay was autistic and added that he was a repeat offender when charged with incitement and insulting Cambodia.

Rights groups across the globe have condemned the jailing of the teenage son of an opposition activist with the banned Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) after a closed hearing by the court.

He was sentenced to an eight-month jail term, suspended to four months and 15 days, and will remain on probation for two years. He was charged after sending a series of messages on social media in response to the detention of his father Kak Komphear on similar charges in May last year.

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