THE ADG ASKS THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF JAMES RICKETSON WHO HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ESPIONAGE AND SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IMPRISONMENT
Media Release, 31 August 2018
The Australian Directors' Guild (ADG) calls 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” stated 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 has made representations to the Turnbull Government when James was first arrested and various members of the ADG including Peter Weir and Phillip 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 believes James will have 30 days to appeal and hopes that the Australian Government will offer all assistance to James as the sentence will be a hard burden to bear for him in his current state of health.
For more information please contact the ADG on +61 2 9555 7045.