Australian filmmaker James Ricketson set to be released from Cambodian jail

(CNN)Australian filmmaker James Ricketson is set to be released from prison in Cambodia Friday after receiving a royal pardon, his attorney has told CNN.

The 69-year-old was arrested in Cambodia in June 2017 after flying a drone over a rally organized by the Cambodia National Rescue Party, an opposition group that was later dissolved by the government.
Ricketson was found guilty of espionage on August 31, 2018 and sentenced to six years in prison.

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