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Prime Minister Hun Sen disowns adopted daughter

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he is legally disowning an adopted daughter who has a

lesbian relationship with another woman.

He made his comments in a speech to graduating students at the National Institute

of Education, while at the same time calling for the nation not to discriminate against

homosexuals.

"[My] adopted daughter married a wife," he said. "She was of bad behavior.

I regret it, but it is an unfortunate issue."

Hun Sen said he is asking the court to legally sever the girl, who is about 20, from

his family in order to avoid problems in the future such as demands for money, or

issues related to safety.

"Sometimes, she took her girlfriend to sleep at home," he said. "If

sometime she brings a grenade or poison, we could be dead," Hun Sen said.

Theary Seng, executive director of the Center for Social Development, told the Post

that Hun Sen's problem with his daughter was a family problem.

Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany had five children together between 1978 and 1983, plus

one adopted daughter.

The boys are Hun Manet, born in 1978, who graduated from West Point Military Academy

in 1999. Also, Hun Manit born in 1981 and Hun Mani born in 1982.

The two natural daughters are Hun Mana, born in 1980 and Hun Maly, born 1983.

It is understood that all of his children have completed part of their education

in the US.

Most Cambodian newspapers did not publish the story, nor was it broadcast on TV or

radio.

However Voice of Khmer Youth, a Funcinpec paper, reported it on page 2 on October

31, identifying the daughter as Hun Malis, adopted when a few weeks old. She's now

about 20.

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