Ricketson was discovered responsible of espionage on August 31, 2018 and sentenced to 6 years in jail.
On Friday, Sam Onn Kong, Ricketson’s lawyer, instructed CNN that his consumer “by no means had any malicious intent towards Cambodia.”
The lawyer beforehand instructed CNN that in Ricketson’s trial the prosecution was unable to supply any concrete proof towards him — and even identify the nation that Ricketson was accused of spying for.
An announcement launched by Ricketson’s household expressed reduction, including well being issues meant they have been not sure “how lengthy he may have continued to endure the situations of the infamous Prey Sar jail.”
Chatting with CNN Friday, Ricketson’s son, Jesse, stated the information had but to sink in.
“We’re simply so relieved and enthusiastic about this information,” he stated. “It nonetheless hasn’t actually sunk in. It has been a very powerful 16 months and I am simply type of in shock proper now.
“We want to provide our hugest gratitude to king Norodom Sihamoni for displaying us compassion and bringing this nightmare to an finish. We’re eternally grateful.”
Ricketson has traveled forwards and backwards between Cambodia and Australia for greater than 20 years, filming documentaries about life within the Southeast Asian nation.
Since then he has arrange charitable ventures within the nation, together with fostering a Cambodian lady, and her mom.
CNN’s Euan McKirdy contributed to this report.