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Australian filmmaker freed from Cambodia prison arrives in Sydney

2018-09-24 06:12
An Australian filmmaker arrived in Sydney on Sunday night (September 23) after a pardon by Cambodia's king released him from a six-year jail sentence for espionage that he received after flying a drone over an opposition rally. James Ricketson, 69, was last month found guilty of spying and collecting information harmful to the nation following a trial that was criticised by rights activists. His arrest in June 2017, after he flew the drone above a rally by the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), came amid a wider crackdown on freedom of expression by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Ricketson, who spent more than a year behind bars, denied the charges and sought a pardon from King Norodom Sihamoni. On Friday, he was released from Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison.