WORLD BRIEFING / CAMBODIA

Times Wire Reports

A Cambodian editor whose newspaper ran stories alleging corruption in the office of a senior government official was found guilty, during in a one-hour trial, of circulating disinformation and sentenced to a year in jail.

Hang Chakra, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Khmer Mchas Srok, which supports the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, published articles this year accusing Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and his associates of corruption.

Sok An, who is the right-hand man of Prime Minister Hun Sen, responded by filing a complaint alleging that the articles could affect political stability because they were written about government leaders.

Hang Chakra was also ordered to pay a fine of about $2,200.

His lawyer said he would file an appeal.

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