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Cambodia makes 1st arrest on charges of insulting monarchy

AP  |  Phnom Penh 

A Cambodian has become the first person to be arrested on charges of insulting the monarchy after posting comments on critical of the authoritarian government.

The law protecting the monarchy was passed in February. Critics say it further erodes freedom of speech and political activities, already under stress from

Police said Khieng was arrested in his home yesterday and could face five years in prison if convicted.

He is accused of posting that allegedly insulted by suggesting he was behind the November court decision to disband the main opposition party to benefit Cambodia's enemies.

Sihamoni is a constitutional monarch with a minimal role in public affairs, while exercises almost absolute control over politics.

The formally charged Khieng with "insulting of the monarch," said a statement released by the investigating judge,

Offenders of the law on lese majeste, or insulting the monarch, could be punished by one to five years in prison and a fine of up to 10 million riels (USD 2,500).

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 18:00 IST