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Police hunt suspected US paedophile in Kingdom

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The US embassy in Phnom Penh declined to comment on the case yesterday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The National Police are looking to arrest a suspected paedophile who fled the United States to Cambodia.

Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said yesterday that the ministry received a notice on Thursday from the US embassy stating that William David Brenner is wanted over the sexual abuse of children.

“Yes, we have received the letter and our police officers are working on the case,” Gen Sopheak said. “The US Regional Security Office in Cambodia has asked the General Immigration Department to arrest William Brenner.”

According to the letter obtained yesterday, Mr Brenner is suspected of living in Preah Sihanouk province.

The notice said Mr Brenner does not have valid travel documents, a violation of Cambodian immigration law.

GID director General Sok Phal yesterday confirmed that his office has received the notice and that immigration officers are working with the National Police to apprehend the suspect.

“Yes, immigration is working on it,” Gen Phal said.

Arend Zwartjes, a US embassy spokesman, declined to comment on the case yesterday.

Samleang Seila, Anti-paedophile Action Pour Les Enfants country director, said yesterday that he was not aware of the case, but nonetheless appealed for police to quickly apprehend Mr Brenner before he can commit a crime in Cambodia.

“We are always concerned about Cambodia’s children,” Mr Seila said. “Police must prevent him from committing a crime here.”

Chou Bun Eng, an Interior Ministry secretary of state in charge of child protection, said the suspect will be apprehended shortly.

“We have the ability to prevent crimes and crack down on criminals,” she said.

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