The two defendants are accused of sending secret information to Radio Free Asia after it closed its office in Cambodia. They acknowledged sending news to their former employer but said it involved openly available information.
Reports of a secret military deal between Cambodia and China have sparked increased tensions between the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. With bilateral interactions at a new low, experts say it is up to the U.S. to refresh the relationship soon or risk further alienation of Cambodia.
“The Royal Government of Cambodia will stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of the Kingdom of Cambodia, from the date of signing this directive,” said a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.