A woman has been detained on charges of incitement after she posted a video to Facebook in which she accused Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family of involvement in the death of political commentator Kem Ley.
Hin Van Sreypov, 37, a market vendor in Poipet, allegedly posted the video using the name Heng Leakhena. She was arrested in Phnom Penh while she attended the one-year remembrance ceremony for the deceased analyst.
The video was deleted shortly after it was posted.
According to the arrest warrant, she was charged with “incitement”.
Ley was fatally shot at a Phnom Penh gas station on July 10, 2016. His alleged killer, Oeut Ang, was detained shortly after the shooting and later sentenced to life in prison.
Sok Sam Oeun, a veteran lawyer, said Cambodians should be wary of posting potentially illegal material on Facebook.
“All in all, we should talk in generalities without talking about specific people. If you want to direct your comments towards a specific person, you should have concrete evidence,” he said.
About a dozen people have been charged over online comments they have made linking senior ruling party officials to Ley’s death, including Sam Rainsy, the former president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.