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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Clarksville man arrested in Cambodia for chile sex crime

Jan. 3, 2007

Child sex crimes half way across the globe lead to the arrest of a Tennessee man.
Roger Green, 59 of Clarksville, sits in a Cambodian jail, but his family feels a misunderstanding about generosity put him there.

His daughter Keri Jones insists the charges stem from a misunderstanding. She said he has regularly traveled abroad to provide financial assistance to needy children for the past seven years.
"He's just been wrongfully accused. He was helping two children and this is what happened," Jones said. "Whatever allegations they made were untrue because I had been in the hotel with him in Vietnam, and we may have had 10 or 12 kids in the room with us."
Green was charged with sex crimes relating to his relationship with the girls in his hotel room at the time. Green, a Vietnam veteran, makes yearly trips to the part of the world where he spent time in the military.
Jones has Western Union receipts that illustrate his donations. Green's attorney has started the process of bringing him back.
Jones' contact at the US Embassy told her Green has not been mistreated in that Cambodia prison, but police have yet to move him from a temporary holding cell.
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Cambodia to get 31 mln USD donation for fighting malaria

Wednesday Jan. 03, 2007

The Global Fund has approved to donate 31 million U.S. dollars for Cambodia to fight against malaria from 2008 to 2012, a senior Cambodian official said on Wednesday.

Doung Socheat, director of National Center for Parasiteology, Entomology and Malaria Control, told Xinhua by phone here that the part of the fund will be used by Ministry of Women's Affairs and Veterans for educating women about malaria and gender.

Part of the fund will be used by Ministry of National Defense to take care of soldiers living in malaria-affected areas, and part of it will be used to fight against fake malaria medicines, buy bed nets and medicines for poor people, and promote awareness for prevention of malaria, said Socheat. The fund will be handed over to the health NGOs which are involved in malaria programs, he added.

In 2006, malaria was found on some 70,000 Cambodians and over 240 of them died, said Socheat, adding that the infection rate was down by more than 1 percent from 2005.
The victims were usually men from 15 to 49 years old, who went into deep forests for logging, land clearing and crop planting to support their families, he said.

Among all the provinces, Kompong Speu, Battambang, Rattanakiri, Modulkiri, Preah Vihear, Bantey Meanchey, and Oddar Meanchey saw more victims of malaria in 2006, he added.

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11 parties to compete in Cambodia's commune council elections

Eleven political parties have submitted their candidates registration forms for the 2007 commune councils election, a press release from the National Election Council (NEC) said on Thursday.

These political parties are Cambodian People's Party (CPP), Funcinpec Party, Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), Norodom Ranariddh Party, Khmer Democratic Party, Sangkum Jatiniyum Front Party, League for Democracy Party, Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party, Khmer National Party, Democratic Society Party and United People of Cambodia Party, it said.

CPP is to compete in 1,621 communes in 24 provinces or municipalities, Funcinpec in 763 communes in 23 provinces or municipalities, SRP in 992 communes in 23 provinces or municipalities, Norodom Ranariddh Party in 769 communes in 22 provinces or municipalities, and Khmer Democratic Party in 30 communes in seven provinces or municipalities, it said.
In addition, Sangkum Jatiniyum Front Party in 42 communes in 10 provinces or municipalities, League for Democracy Party in 11 communes in five provinces, Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party in 47 communes in four provinces, Khmer National Party in two communes in one province, Democratic Society Party in one communes in one province, and United People of Cambodia in four communes in three provinces, it added.

The NEC is scheduled to publicize the candidates registration lists for the 2007 commune councils election later on Thursday.

The 2007 commune councils election's process started on Sept. 21, 2006, and will end on May 23, 2007. April 1, will be the polling day, ballot counting, and publishing of results at polling stations.

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