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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cambodia say Anti-corruption laws delayed by foreigners

Last Updated 03/01/2007, 00:50:59

The Cambodian Government says its efforts to implement an anti-corruption law have been delayed by international organisations. Last week, nearly 200-thousand Cambodians signed a petition calling for the government to pass its long-awaited anti-corruption law. Cambodians have now been waiting more than ten years for the law to be enacted.

But Om Yienting, Head of the Head of Cambodia's Anti-Corruption Unit, says the government has been attempting to implement the law for a number of years.

He says delays are being caused by international organisations objecting to elements of the draft law. And when the national assembly sent back to the government... the same NGO, the same foreigner country starts to involve, to review everything. When someone blocks this procedure and says please go ahead, what can we do? Read more!

Tennessee man arrested in Cambodia on child sex charges

Last Updated: 1/2/2007 10:07:56 AM

A Tennessee man is accused of sex crimes in Cambodia with girls ages 11 and 12.Authorities there say 59-year-old Roger Dale Green was with the two girls when police raided his hotel room in Phnom Penh. Authorities did not say where in Tennessee Green is from.Green is charged with debauchery, which covers child sex abuse. Green was arrested yesterday and denied the allegations.

Lax law enforcement and poverty have made Cambodia a destination for foreigners seeking sex with minors. But police have recently stepped up their efforts to fight the crime. Read more!