An Australian filmmaker who was arrested last year in Cambodia for allegedly endangering national security remained behind bars after the country's supreme court rejected his appeal for an outside prison on bail.
James Ricketson was arrested in Phnom Penh last June for installing cameras on a nephew aircraft to film a general rally opposition party campaign, the Cambodia Rescue Party. Ricketson, 68, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges.
Cambodian Supreme Court issued a statement Tuesday that it rejected Ricketson's plea because his case is still under investigation.
Alexandra Kennet, a Ricketson family lawyer, told reporters the family was "deeply disappointed" by the Supreme Court decision, delivered without Ricketson. A court official said that the vehicle that brought him to court to attend the hearing was late. Kennet said the Ricketson family was also concerned about his health, as he was held in a small cell with 140 other prisoners. [lt]