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Nude shutterbugs get suspended sentences

Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday suspended prison sentences for three foreign tourists convicted of taking photos of their naked buttocks at Angkor Archaeological Park and ordered they be deported.

Italian Bruno Margrini, 30, Argentinean Luciano Gaston Munoz, 30, and Dutch national Kiri Stamou, 19, were arrested on Monday afternoon after being caught taking photos with their pants down by guards at the Ta Prohm temple.

Their arrest marks the third time this year foreign travellers have been busted taking nude photos at the historic World Heritage Site.

While noting the trio’s remorse, judge Hok Pov yesterday handed Margrini and Munoz a seven-month suspended sentence and fined them $315. Stamou, meanwhile, received a six-month suspended sentence and $200 fine.

Pov ordered all three to leave the country after paying their fines and banned them from returning for four years.

“They told us in the court that they were sorry to all Cambodian people as they said they had no intention to look down on Khmer culture; they felt sorry about what they did.”

Since January, five people have been deported for similar incidents at the ancient temple complex.

In February, two American sisters were booted out of the Kingdom for stripping down at the Preah Khan temple, while in January, three French travellers arrested at Banteay Kdei temple were deported for “exposure of sexual organs”.

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