Cambodia jails Australian filmmaker found guilty of espionage
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Cambodia jails Australian filmmaker found guilty of espionage

Phnom Penh, Aug 31: An Australian filmmaker has been sentenced by a Cambodian court to six years in prison on charges of spying for an unnamed country said a BBC News report.

James Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June 2017 while flying a camera drone over an opposition rally. Ricketson denies the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal against the verdict.

His arrest comes amid a wider crackdown on dissent by the increasingly authoritarian government in Phnom Penh. Ricketson has visited Cambodia frequently over the last 20 years and been a firm critic of long-term Prime Minister Hun Sen. (UNI)