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Published On: Mon, Jan 2nd, 2017

Cambodian Interior Ministry Seeks Arrest of Three Over Porn Image of King Norodom Sihamoni

nsnbc : Cambodia’s Interior Ministry reported that it has identified and was seeking the arrest of thee persons, allegedly involved in posting a doctored porn image with the body of a gay porn model and the face of King Norodom Sihamoni on Facebook.

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The doctored gay-porn scene with the face of the King inserted instead of the porn actor, subtitled “Cambodia King is Gay”. The photo was posted on Facebook on December 25, 2016. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopeak said the image had been posted on Facebook by a Thai-speaking Facebook user and added that Cambodia would consider asking the government of Thailand for help.

Sopeak qualified and quantified his statement during an interview with Radio Free Asia on Sunday morning, when he said authorities were pursuing three suspects, one of whom was living in Thailand. The first statement followed by the second one prompted some social media users to crack jokes about the question whether or not General Sopeak’s initial statement was a stop-gap until he had gained better insight into the case.

However, speaking on Radio Free Asia Sopheak said: “We have identified some suspects, two living in the country and one living outside; they worked in a group. Insulting the king is a crime we consider equal to insulting the Khmer nation.”

Cambodia has doesn’t “actually” have as outdated  lese majeste laws as neighboring Thailand where the laws have been made even more oppressive after the recent adoption of the revised Cyber Crime Act. Cambodia’s Constitution described the King as “inviolable” or ” too important to be treated with disrespect”, buy there are no specific laws that prescribe any form of punishment.

General Sopeak didn’t identify the three suspects by name, not how the Cambodian authorities had tied them to the image. However, the Deputy General of the Cyber Crime Department of Cambodia’s National Police confirmed that police were seeking to arrest three suspects. Disturbingly, General Sopheak said he “didn’t know how those who were involved would be punished”. Disturbingly, because the law-enforcement officer is either too badly educated about law to know that there is no law that prescribes any punishment, or because his statement implies the threat of extrajudicial punishment – which would not be unheard of in Cambodia.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee is clear and unambiguous with regard to these problems. Speech that is considered insulting, even speech that insults those in position of power, should never be the basis of a criminal prosecution.

CH/L – nsnbc 02.01.2017

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