Two Stretch for a Shoe Fetch

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Two Stretch for a Shoe Fetch

Postby Bong Burgundy » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:22 am

Extradited refugee Sam Sokha was sentenced on Thursday by the Kampong Speu Provincial Court to two years in jail for throwing a shoe at a CPP billboard, months after she was convicted in absentia shortly before her deportation from Thailand.

Sokha posted a video on Facebook last April showing her throwing a sandal twice at a ruling party billboard in Preah Sihanouk province. After authorities announced they were seeking her arrest, she then fled to Thailand and was recognised by the UN as a refugee.

However, she was arrested by Thai officials in January and following a January 25 trial at Kampong Speu Provincial Court, Sokha was convicted in absentia of “incitement to discriminate” and “insulting a public official” and handed a two-year sentence and 5 million riel ($1,250) fine. She was deported back to Cambodia on February 8.

The court held a retrial on March 15 and announced the verdict on Thursday, upholding the same sentence, said Licadho provincial coordinator Khon Khoy. He said the trial was held in the absence of the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s lawyer and Sokha’s lawyer.

“I heard the name of the complainant was Lim Sarin, but we don’t know who he is,” he said.

Khoy said Sokha admitted her guilt in court, hoping her confession would her result in some leniency.

“In the hearing, the accused said she regretted her deed and wanted the authorities and Samdech [HE] to pardon her. Her families also asked for that. But finally, the court did not agree,” Khoy said.

Presiding Judge Uk Retkunthea and Prosecutor Ou Phat could not be reached on Thursday. ... l-sentence
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Re: Two Stretch for a Shoe Fetch

Postby Just Robbed » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:57 am

Harsh but fair if that's the penalty for throwing shoes.
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