Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Appeal rejected for student's ‘revolution’ post sentence

Appeal rejected for student's ‘revolution’ post sentence

Student Kong Raiya, jailed over a Facebook post calling for a “colour revolution”, appears at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.
Student Kong Raiya, jailed over a Facebook post calling for a “colour revolution”, appears at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. Pha Lina

Appeal rejected for student's ‘revolution’ post sentence

The Court of Appeal has upheld a 25-year-old student’s 18-month jail sentence after he called for a “colour revolution” on social media last August.

“We think his message is a provocative message intended to incite others, and therefore we think that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict was correct,” judge Sin Visal said, while delivering the verdict against Kong Raiya yesterday.

“Who would like to start a color revolution with me to bring change to society?” a post on Raiya’s Facebook page read. Raiya claimed that he was advocating for peaceful reform.

“My teacher told me a colour revolution is nonviolent,’’ he said. “I acknowledge that I made a mistake, but my status was not intended to overthrow the government.” Raiya pleaded for leniency so that he could further his studies and take care of his parents.

Som Sokong, the suspect’s defence lawyer, said the verdict was inconsistent with previous rulings.

“There were people posting statuses threatening to kill [Deputy Prime Minister] Sar Kheng, and those people were only briefly detained”, he said.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all