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Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia pleads for release

Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia pleads for release

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Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An Australian filmmaker detained in Cambodia on espionage charges is pleading for release after more than seven months behind bars.James Ricketson, 68, was in court in Phnom Penh this week to appeal two prior rejections of bail requests. He has been detained since June, when police arrested the documentary filmmaker after he flew a camera-equipped drone over anti-government protesters."I've just been beaten up by the police at Prey Sar prison. There's no evidence that I've done anything wrong," he told reporters, according to the Phnom Penh Post. "We're transported in a tin can -- with no water, no air conditioning. This is the kind of torture that's inflicted on you whether you're innocent or guilty."Ricketson faces 10 years for "receiving or collecting information, proce...