‘Dirty dancing’ foreigners ask to be expelled from Cambodia

This photo taken on January 27, 2018 shows a group of foreigners outside a courtroom in Siem Reap province, some who were reportedly arrested on January 25 for allegedly 'singing and dancing pornographically'. — AFP pic
This photo taken on January 27, 2018 shows a group of foreigners outside a courtroom in Siem Reap province, some who were reportedly arrested on January 25 for allegedly 'singing and dancing pornographically'. — AFP pic

PHNOM PENH, Jan 31 — Ten foreigners, charged in Cambodia with producing pornography related to indecent dancing at a party, have tested negative for drugs, police and their lawyer said today.

The 10 were arrested on January 25 along with 77 other foreigners in a raid on the “Pub Crawl or Let’s Get Wet” event in Siem Reap province, home to the ancient Angkor Wat ruins.

A Cambodian police officer assigned to the case told Reuters, on condition of anonymity, that urine tests had not found any “addictive substance”.

Sourng Sophea, an attorney for the foreigners, who include five Britons, a Dutch citizen, two Canadians, a New Zealander and a Norwegian, said police had carried the drug tests at the prison where they are being held yesterday.

“They found no addictive substance,” Sourng Sophea said.

Siem Reap Provincial Court has charged the ten foreigners with producing pornography for their role in organising the party. The other 77 foreigners arrested were freed after being educated about their unacceptable behaviour.

They could face between one month and one year in prison if convicted.

Sourng Sophea said that the accused wanted to go home, and called on the authorities to expel them rather than keep them in prison.

“They want to go back to their home countries, they don’t want to be here anymore,” he said.

Canada’s Global Affairs Department said consular services had been provided to their detained citizens in Cambodia. — Reuters

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