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‘Unintentionally’ producing pornography sends Brit to jail

A British tourist to Cambodia has been sentenced to a year-long jail sentence for producing pornography.

 
 

Daniel Jones, who was tried in the Siem Reap provincial court on Thursday, was ordered to serve one month and 22 days of his one-year jail sentence.

He was one of 10 foreign tourists police detained on January 25. Police nabbed the tourists who were part of an event called “Pub Crawl or Let’s Get Wet”.

Authorities accused the group of dancing provocatively at a pool party and posting pictures of themselves doing so to social media.

Judge Um Chan Thol delivered the sentence and called Jones’ act an “unintentional” one.

“The accused said he unintentionally produced pornography that affects Khmer culture,” the judge said when reading the judgement.

Jones was the only one of the ten detained who faced charges. The other nine had the charges against them dropped and they were deported.

He denied the charges.

“There was no evidence against my client,” Ouch Sopheaktra, his lawyer, said.

“As a lawyer, I am not happy with this decision,” he added.

Cambodia is a conservative, Buddhist country and is a popular stop among young tourists backpacking through Southeast Asia.

 
 

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