THE AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS GUILD ASKS THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF JAMES RICKETSON WHO HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ESPIONAGE AND SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

August 31, 2018

The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) has called on the Australian Government to intervene on behalf of filmmaker James Ricketson to have him brought home rather than spend six years in a Cambodian prison.

THE AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS GUILD ASKS THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF JAMES RICKETSON WHO HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ESPIONAGE AND SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) has called on the Australian Government to intervene on behalf of filmmaker James Ricketson to have him brought home rather than spend six years in a Cambodian prison.

“We call on the new Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, to contact her counterpart in Cambodia and seek clemency for James and for him to be sent home,” said Kingston Anderson, CEO of the Australian Directors Guild. “Based on the evidence and what we know of James we do not believe he was spying for anyone. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and may have contravened some local regulations but he was not spying for any government.”

The ADG made representations to the Turnbull Government when James was first arrested and various members of the ADG including Peter Weir and Philip Noyce have been actively supporting James in his bid for justice. The ADG has also been supporting a petition amongst its members to get the Australian government to act for James.

The ADG also hopes there will be an opportunity to appeal the sentence which will be a hard burden to bear for James in his current state of health.