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Posted February 07, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has intervened in the case of an Australian filmmaker who has been languishing in a Cambodian jail on spying charges for several months. James Ricketson was arrested last year after flying a drone above a political rally in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. He has since been charged with espionage and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.

His family has said he is being held in "incredibly cramped" conditions, with other people in his cell. The Australian Government has been giving Mr Ricketson consular support, but Abc radio cambodia online dating is the first time the Foreign Minister has formally made representations to the Cambodian Government about his case.

More than 60, people have already signed a petition calling on Ms Bishop to intervene and help to free the year-old filmmaker.

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The Federal Government has been wary of inflaming tensions with Cambodia over Mr Ricketson's detention. Officials have been working on the case behind the scenes, but they also worry that publicly criticising his arrest might infuriate Phnom Penh and damage Mr Ricketson's chances of freedom.

Ms Bishop's decision to intervene may signal the Government has concluded that it will need to apply direct political pressure if it wants to Abc radio cambodia online dating Cambodia to free him. Two Cambodian reporters previously employed by Radio Free Asia were also charged with espionage last year, and several independent media outlets have been shut down.

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By political reporter Stephen Dziedzic. James Ricketson could face 10 years in jail if convicted.

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