Cambodia deports seven foreigners held over pool party

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Seven of the 10 foreigners arrested on pornography charges after a pool party in the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap have been deported, a court official said yesterday.

Police accused the group of “singing and dancing pornographically” after their arrest two weeks ago at a party in a private villa in Siem Reap, the launchpad for visitors heading to Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temples.

A Siem Reap court charged them with producing pornographic pictures and materials and a prosecutor said party organisers circulated obscene images online to promote the bash.

The group of Five Britons, two Canadians, a Norwegian, a New Zealander and a Dutch national faced up to a year in prison but their lawyer sought and received bail for seven of them on grounds that they had not organised the party.

Court spokesman Yin Srang told AFP yesterday that the court “deported them from the country” as part of the bail decision, although the charges against them have not been formally dropped.

“They have left Cambodia. We gave them back their passports,” he said.

Their lawyer Ouch Sopheaktra confirmed that the seven had left the country and said he had no plan to ask for bail for the remaining three, a British, Dutch and Norwegian national.