Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Extradition on table as PM visits Vietnam



Extradition on table as PM visits Vietnam

Prime Minister Hun Sen walks away after laying a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi during a state visit yesterday. Photo supplied
Prime Minister Hun Sen walks away after laying a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi during a state visit yesterday. Photo supplied

Extradition on table as PM visits Vietnam

Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Vietnam yesterday for a two-day visit to sign conventions on extradition, bilateral legal support in criminal cases and cooperation on matters of culture, religion and ethnic minorities.

Prior to departure, Sry Thamrong, a minister among the delegation, told journalists the premier will meet with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc as well as other leading Vietnamese political figures.

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said yesterday that, once signed, the extradition convention would allow both countries to file requests that their citizens be tried in their home country when arrested abroad.

He added that the convention would have no bearing on the case of Nguyen Tangdung, a Vietnamese national arrested this month in Ho Chi Minh City, having fled there from Mondulkiri, where he allegedly spent four days filming himself torturing a 2-year-old boy.

“Vietnamese courts are proceeding with the case and we can provide evidence based on their law,” Malin said. “They will not extradite their criminals to be punished in another country.”

However, James McCabe – director of the NGO Child Protection Unit, which assisted both countries’ police in apprehending Tangdung – said yesterday that an extradition request had been filed by National Police chief Neth Savoeun earlier this month; although police declined to comment on the case.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and