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Cambodia deports Chinese woman in royal photo row

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Cambodia on Wednesday deported a Chinese woman convicted of desecrating photos of the country's recently deceased former king in front of enraged factory workers.

National police spokesman Lt. Gen. Kirt Chantharith said Wang Zia Chao left Cambodia on an early morning flight to return to China's Guangdong province.

A Cambodian court on Tuesday gave the garment factory supervisor a one-year suspended jail sentence and fined her 2.5 million riel (US$620) for seizing pictures of former King Norodom Sihanouk from workers and destroying them. She had accused employees of shirking their work, and they marched in protest after her action to demand punishment.

The supervisor worked at one of the many garment factories in and around the capital that produce Cambodia's main export earner and employ an estimated 400,000 people.

The case appeared to be the first in recent decades in which Cambodia's vaguely worded law on insulting the monarchy was applied.

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