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Labour firm director faces court queries

THE director of a training centre owned by recruitment firm VC Manpower is scheduled to appear for questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court today following accusations that a trainee under his care was mistreated, a police official said yesterday.

Long Sakan filed a complaint on August 2, claiming that the director of a VC Manpower centre in the capital’s Sen Sok district had prevented her daughter from leaving the centre during a three-month training period.

Pol Khemra, deputy director of the Department of Police at the Interior Ministry, said yesterday that the director of the centre had been summoned to appear for questioning today, but that it was unclear whether he would face charges.

“He can be arrested if his answers have something suspect,” he said.

The accused could not be reached for comment yesterday, but Sen Ly, the director of a seperate VC Manpower training centre, confirmed yesterday that “a company representative” would appear in court today for questioning.

“We are not afraid to appear at the court, and we are happy to appear at the court in order for us to respond to accusations against our company,” he said.

On Tuesday, the company sent Long Sakan’s daughter to Malaysia.

Long Sakan said yesterday that she had not yet received a summons but was prepared to appear in court.

“I am not afraid to stand face to face with the company at the court, and I will try my best for my daughter to be returned back home,” she said.

VC Manpower was last month investigated following separate accusations concerning the treatment of clients, and was temporarily barred from recruiting clients after officials announced that they had found 24 underage girls being trained by the company.

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