Australian filmmaker James Ricketson granted royal pardon in Cambodia

Phnom Penh: Australian film maker James Ricketson, who was sentenced to six years in prison in Cambodia for espionage, has been granted a royal pardon, according to a government statement.

Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June 2017 while flying a drone with a camera over an opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) rally and charged with collecting information that may undermine national defence.

In August, he was found  found guilty of espionage in Cambodia and sentenced to six years in prison.

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