Cambodian Court Denies Bail for Australian Who Filmed Rally

Prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha receives a hug from his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen Thursday in Phnom Penh.

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia’s Supreme Court has rejected an application for bail for an Australian filmmaker who was charged with endangering national security last year for flying a camera-loaded drone over an opposition party campaign rally.

James Ricketson, 68, was arrested in the capital Phnom Penh on June 3 after filming the last day of campaigning for local elections a day earlier. The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has been critical of media it considers sympathetic to the opposition, and Ricketson often filmed the activities of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which late last year was dissolved by a court ruling.

A Supreme Court statement Tuesday said the denial of bail was based on a decision made by a lower court according to the law.