Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tourist tried on child sex charges

Tourist tried on child sex charges

German national Hans Gandner, 69, accused of soliciting sex from two male minors, enters Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday.
German national Hans Gandner, 69, accused of soliciting sex from two male minors, enters Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. PHA LINA

Tourist tried on child sex charges

A German tourist admitted in court yesterday that he paid two boys for a sexual act, but told a Phnom Penh judge that the victims exaggerated his crime.

Phnom Penh Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection police arrested Hans Gandner, 69, on April 23, after they stopped a taxi driving him to the airport.

They arrested him on allegations that he paid two 13-year-old boys he met on Phnom Penh’s riverside in Daun Penh district to allow Hans to perform digital and oral sex on them, said Sin Visal, a presiding judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“He paid two Cambodian boys $7 each” to touch their genitalia and perform oral sex, Visal said.

Standing accused of indecent acts against a minor less than 15 years and paying a minor for sex, Hans explained to the court that he had drank 12 beers during his encounters with the boys on April 12
and 13.

Hans said the boys had begged him for money and he touched their penises, but he did not perform oral sex on them.

“I have never committed this act in other countries; this was my first time, here in Cambodia,” Hans said yesterday, before pleading for leniency.

“I would like to ask the court to reduce my punishment so that I will able to return to my country,” he told the court yesterday.

But both boys testified in court that Hans had indeed committed all the acts for which he was charged.

In addition to criminal charges, the victims’ parents are seeking a total of 17 million riel ($4,250).

Vice-prosecutor Phieu Phalla asked the court to maintain the charges against Gandner.

Presiding judge Visal said that Hans’ verdict will be handed down on September 26.

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

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all