Groom Arrested On Wedding Day For Criticising Govt On Facebook

A Cambodian man was arrested on his wedding day for criticising the government on Facebook.

The arrest is just the latest involving online dissent, with human rights groups saying free speech is now under daily threat by Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian Peoples Party.

Mean Prom Mony, provincial investigator in Kampong Cham, said San Rotha was arrested on Feb 8 over a warrant accusing him of public insult and defamation of the leader, adding that Rotha’s arrest took place at 7am while he was getting ready to be married in Poipet.

Prom Mony added that Rotha was interrogated by a prosecutor and a judge on Saturday and Sunday.

Huot Vuthy, spokesman for the Kampong Cham Provincial Court, said Rotha was not only being questioned for the alleged public insult, but for incitement as well, though he wasn’t able to specify the charges.

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