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Man, some people just cannot take a joke. A Chinese factory supervisor in Cambodia is to be fined $620 and deported after she “desecrated” pictures of Norodom Sihanouk, the former king of Cambodia, who died in Beijing earlier this month.
The 43-year-old Chinese woman caused an uproar Monday at a garment factory complex in Phnom Penh’s outskirts when she cut up two photos of former King Norodom Sihanouk that workers were carrying before the morning shift. She accused them of shirking work.
The court found Wang Zia Chao guilty of violating statutes on insulting the monarchy and gave her a one-year suspended jail sentence and a 2.5 million riel ($620) fine.
She was also ordered to pay 2 million riel ($500) in compensation to a worker at the factory who had demanded her prosecution.
More than 1,000 workers at Wang’s factory marched to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Monday to demand she be punished. Wang claims she did not know the photos were of King Sihanouk.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wang’s actions were “wrong”.
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