Cambodia deports seven tourists accused of “porn” party

Seven of 10 foreigners were arrested on pornography charges after a pool party in the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap and deported on Sunday.

The incident took place two weeks ago in a private villa in Siem Reap – the Launchpad for visitors heading to Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temples.

According to the prosecution, the revellers produced pornographic pictures and materials and circulated obscene images online to promote the bash.

While the case is registered with the court, the authorities have yet to announce a date for the trial.

Court spokesman said all of them have been “deported from the country and passports returned “ as part of the bail decision, although the charges against them have not been formally dropped.

The group of seven deported includes five Britons, two Canadians, a Norwegian, a New Zelander and a Dutch national.

They faced upto an year in prison but their  lawyer sought and received bail on grounds that they had not organised the pool party.

All 10 defendants denied the allegations saying they were only wearing “sexy” clothing and were not in the nude or produce pornography.

Cambodia is a largely Buddhist country and temples of Angkor Wat are considered sacred.

But the gateway town of Siem Reap has lively nightlife and many bars and restaurants.

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