James Ricketson: Jailed Australian filmmaker granted Cambodia royal pardon

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James Ricketson denied all charges

An Australian filmmaker who was sentenced by a Cambodian court to six years in prison on spying charges has been granted a royal pardon.

James Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June 2017 while flying a camera drone over an opposition rally.

Mr Ricketson, who denied the charges, has been a critic of long-standing Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

His arrest was part of a wider crackdown on dissent by the increasingly authoritarian government.

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