The investigation into alleged fraud at the Cambodian Institute for Human Rights
(CIHR) took a turn for the worse when the auditing firm conducting the
investigation apparently told donors it could not produce a report due to a lack
of cooperation encountered within CIHR.
Donors hastily organized a
meeting with auditor Price-WaterhouseCoopers (PwC) April 10 to resolve the
problem. CIHR's Kassie Neou said he did not attend the meeting and refused
further comment, as did PwC head Senaka Fernando, who cited client
Donors were also tight-lipped. The European Commission
said its head was the only person who could speak to the media and that he was
out of the country. Michael Barton of Canada's CIDA refused comment.
Hammar of Swedish NGO Forum Syd told the Post the investigation was continuing.
She confirmed that the meeting had taken place April 10 to keep it
"[The auditors] felt they couldn't go forward in the spirit that
they wanted," said Hammar. She declined to comment on where PwC had indicated
the problems lay, but said the investigation would likely be finished in "a
couple of weeks".
"All I can say is that the investigation is going on,
as there are some issues left in the investigation," she said. "The outcome of
that is not clear, but they are working on it."