PHNOM PENH, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced a man to two years in prison for posting messages on his Facebook page threatening the life of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, according a verdict.
"The court decided to sentence Sam Pheap, 27, to two years in prison and fine him 2 million riel (500 U.S. dollars)," said the verdict read by Phnom Penh Municipal Court's Presiding Judge Ly Sokleng.
According to the verdict, the man was charged with "death threat" against the prime minister and "provocation to commit discrimination" under the kingdom's Criminal Code.
The man posted to his Facebook page messages insulting and threatening to kill the prime minister while he worked as a laborer in Thailand, and he was arrested by police on Oct. 27, 2016 at his house in southeast Cambodia's Prey Veng province, two days after he returned from Thailand.
The man confessed to his crime during a trial session on Feb. 13.
In March 2016, a university student who called for a "color revolution" in a Facebook post was sentenced to 18 months in prison.