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Officials Say Polonsky’s Arrest Will Happen Within Days

The arrest of fugitive Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky—who is currently being sought by Moscow authorities to face multimillion-dollar embezzlement charges—will take place in a matter of days, as soon as the Interior Ministry receives the necessary paperwork, senior officials said Thursday.

Polonsky Protests Fugitive Status, Impending Arrest in Letter

The day after Cambodian police announced they would arrest and extradite him, fugitive Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky on Wednesday drafted a letter to Interpol, demanding that the international law enforcement agency remove his name from their list of wanted criminals.

Trofimov to Stand Trial in Russia for Child Sex Crimes

Cambodia’s most notorious foreign pedophile, Alexander Trofimov—who was extradited to Russia in June last year—is set to stand trial in Moscow, accused of 20 counts of raping and sexually assaulting multiple young girls in his native country between 2003 and 2004, according to a statement posted to the website of the Russian Investigative Committee’s Moscow branch on October 31.

Six Charged Following Double Brothel Raid in Phnom Penh

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday charged six Vietnamese nationals with procuring prostitution following a raid Thursday night on two brothels in central Phnom Penh that police and a child-protection NGO say had been trafficking minors.

Figures Show General Acceptance of Child Rape

There were 140 reported cases of child rape in the first nine months of the year, and 14 rape-murders during the same period, according to local rights group Adhoc.

At Moscow’s Request, Police to Arrest Polonsky

Cambodian authorities are planning to arrest former billionaire Sergei Polonsky—currently residing on an island off the coast of Sihanoukville—and extradite him to his native Russia to face multimillion-dollar embezzlement charges, a senior police official said Tuesday.

Protesters Seek EU, World Bank Presence at Yorm Bopha Hearing

Some 50 representatives of Phnom Penh’s embattled Boeng Kak community on Monday marched to the offices of the European Union and World Bank to request that the international bodies send observers to the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of anti-eviction activist Yorm Bopha on November 22.

Children, 2 And 8 Years Old, Latest Rape Victims

A 2-year-old girl in Kratie province and an 8-year-old girl in Phnom Penh became the latest victims of child rape late last week in a year that has already seen more than 100 such attacks on children, prompting calls for a countrywide campaign to highlight the prevalence of the brutal crime.

Massage Parlor Raid Suspects Sent to Court

Seven Vietnamese nationals arrested during simultaneous raids on a pair of massage parlors in central Phnom Penh on Thursday night have been sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their role in the alleged trafficking of minors, police and a child-protection NGO said Sunday.

Siem Reap Provincial Court Charges Swiss Pedophile—Again

The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Thursday charged Swiss hotelier Rudolf Knuckel, 67, with purchasing child prostitution following the prominent expatriate’s third arrest for sexually abusing young boys in Cambodia on Wednes­day, court officials said.

UK Pedophile Came to Cambodia to Teach in Schools

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday charged convicted British pedophile Richard Fruin, 36, with sexually abusing two brothers, aged 8 and 11, at a guesthouse in Phnom Penh, court officials said.

Phnom Penh Court to Charge British Pedophile

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court is set to charge 35-year-old British pedophile Richard Fruin on Wednesday, following his arrest by anti-trafficking police at a guesthouse in Phnom Penh on Sunday, a police official said Tuesday.

British Pedophile Arrested in Phnom Penh

A 35-year-old convicted British pedophile was arrested Sunday at his Phnom Penh guesthouse, where anti-trafficking police found him with an 8-year-old boy, police said Monday.

Local Newspaper CEO Congratulates CPP on Election Victory

Chris Dawe, CEO of The Phnom Penh Post, has formally congratulated Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling CPP on winning the contested July national election, according to state-owned news website Agence Kampuchea Presse.

Cambodia Signs Landmark Arms Trade Treaty

Cambodia has signed an international treaty designed to regulate the trade in conventional weapons, becoming the 114th country to formally pledge its support for the agreement, which was adopted by the U.N.’s General Assembly in April.

City Says It Will Provide Land Titles to 33 Boeng Kak Families

Phnom Penh Municipality will provide land titles to 33 more families living in the city’s Boeng Kak neighborhood, a municipal official said Tuesday, roughly a third of those still seeking property rights in the area that has seen some 3,000 forced evictions.

SL Garment Protesters Gain Little From Talks at Labor Ministry

A two-day meeting between union leaders, senior government officials and representatives of the SL Gar­ment Factory failed Tuesday to reach a solution for factory workers, who have been on strike since early August and on Monday demonstrated in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh residence.

Cambodian Pilot’s Body Repatriated; Family to Be Compensated

The body of Yung Sam, the Cambodian pilot of the Lao Airlines flight that crashed on Wednesday, killing all 49 passengers and crew aboard, was flown back to Phnom Penh on Saturday, and was set to be cremated at his home in Kandal province Sunday evening, local officials said.

Another Haul of Illegal Logs Found on Vietnamese Firm’s Land

Forestry Administration officials on Friday confiscated 1,000 pieces of luxury wood on land belonging to a Vietnamese rubber company that has been repeatedly accused of illegal logging in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadaw district, local officials and human rights workers said Sunday.

Wanted Oligarch Says No Justice Waiting in Russia

Three days after Interpol requested his extradition to Russia to face multimillion–dollar embezzlement charges there, Sergei Polonsky decided to go on a picnic. “Five minutes, we go,” the 41-year-old Russian ex-billionaire announced Thursday to his staff on Koh Dek Kuol, his tiny private island just a 30-minute boat ride from the coast of Sihanoukville, prompting a flurry of activity and walkie-talkie chatter.