Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Russians prodded on Trofimov extradition

Russians prodded on Trofimov extradition

Russians prodded on Trofimov extradition

Cambodian police sat down with Russian Embassy officials yesterday and urged them to accelerate the extradition of convicted pedophile Alexander Trofimov, a high-ranking police officer said.

General Sok Phal, national deputy police commissioner, said he met with embassy officials to push them to speed up the processing of necessary documents for Trofimov’s deportation, including his passport. However, the two sides had not come to a consensus on a timeline for deportation.

“We met with the Russian Embassy officials to push them to get it [paperwork and passport] done soon so that we can deport him [Trofimov],” said Sok Phal. “We don’t want to keep him here.”

A mega resort investor in Sihanoukville, Alexander Trofimov, also known as Stanislav Molodyakov, was convicted of sexually abusing 17 Cambodian girls between 2005 and 2007, and is wanted by Interpol for raping six girls in Russia.

His original sentence of 17 years in prison was reduced to eight and a half years. He subsequently received a royal pardon in December after serving half of that sentence.

Trofimov was re-arrested on June 4 in Kandal province on deportation orders issued by the Ministry of Interior.

Samleang Seila, director of NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, said the Russian Embassy’s negotiation of an extradition agreement with Cambodia would likely mean a longer time taken to deport the Russian national.

“Whether by deportation or extradition, we want to see him [Trofimov] punished in Russia,” said Samleang Seila.

Russian Embassy officials declined to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cheang Sokha at [email protected]

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • PM warns party of complacency in leaked audio

    Two leaked audio tapes, purportedly of Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking candidly to senior officials, appear to hint at insecurities within the ruling party over the controversial dissolution of the country’s main opposition, with the premier warning that the party’s “struggle” didn’t

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • Music festival promises big stage, has even bigger hopes

    With a line-up of local and international artists, and a massive outdoor venue booked on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival is aiming to showcase contemporary musical and artistic talents at a scale rarely seen in the Kingdom. [img] But the