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Japanese expatriate seeks protection from ex-lover

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Jun Takeguchi is the managing director of real estate and construction consultancy Jun Cam Partners Co Ltd in Phnom Penh.

Japanese expatriate seeks protection from ex-lover

A Japanese businessman is seeking protection from Cambodian authorities after facing what he called “constant harassment” from his former Pakistani lover.

Jun Takeguchi, who is the managing director of real estate and construction consultancy Jun Cam Partners Co Ltd in Phnom Penh, told The Post he is suffering mental anguish and embarrassment after Aen Qurratul made public claims that he had physically abused her.

In a police report, Takeguchi said Qurratul, who goes by the name Annie Khan, and her friend and Philippine national, Caroline Caringal, had made defamatory posts on Facebook and other websites on the alleged abuse.

“Khan, who is a daughter of a diplomat in Brunei, and Caringal were schoolmates at the International School in Phnom Penh. And they have posted allegations and serious charges on social media sites with a view to disgrace me."

“The allegations are not only causing me much embarrassment and serious damage but also defaming my good character and reputation,” Takeguchi said.

On the alleged physical abuse and bruises Khan claimed to have suffered at his hands and which she posted on her Facebook page, he said she was a very ill-tempered person who had hit and bitten him several times in the past.

“And I admit that in utter frustration there were times when I retaliated in self-defence against her kicks, punches and anything else she found to throw at me,” he said.

Takeguchi claims the video allegedly shows Khan during one of her tantrums, attempting to kick down his office door.
 
In that particular incident, once they had gone home, he chided her for behaving inappropriately in front of an investor, which ultimately caused him to lose a huge business deal.

“She turned extremely violent when I scolded her and charged at me with a golf club, striking me on my arm and subsequently pushing the club against my throat."

“I feared that my life was in danger and tried to yank the golf club away from her. In the struggle, we lost our balance and fell. She hit the wall and I fell on her."

“Both of us sustained bruises and I too had to consult a doctor for my injuries caused by the golf club and the fall,” he said.

However, Takeguchi said Khan and Caringal had portrayed him as a “monster” who had constantly physically abused her, “and this is not true at all”.

He said he met Khan in 2016, fell in love and subsequently became intimate with her.

“I was so madly in love with her that I was even willing to convert to Islam. At one point, I even made her the chief operating officer of my company."

“But being possessive and suspicious, she checked my emails and mobile phone without my permission and even wrote inflammatory messages to women friends, industry colleagues and staff, telling them to stay away from me."

“Now, with the participation of Caringal, the matter has gone overboard. They are harassing and upsetting my friends, business associates and office staff. I have sought legal advice to keep her away from me."

“In the meantime, I am asking the police to investigate her as she had, in a statement to the police, claimed that she is my wife. This is totally untrue as we were never married. If she can lie about something like this, it goes to prove that she has lied about everything else too,” Takeguchi said.

The Post has sighted documents including medical reports, images of injuries Takeguchi claims to have sustained during Khan’s violent outbursts, his police statements, a video of her kicking at his office door and CCTV footage of her removing things from his apartment.

On why he is telling his side of the story only now when Khan had made her Facebook allegations over a month ago, Takeguchi said he had no choice but to speak openly as he has been caused irreparable damage.

“I am a professional . . . and I cannot afford to have a tainted reputation. These women [Khan and Caringal] have become a threat to my livelihood. They have to be stopped and that is why I am seeking police protection and requesting that they are investigated for all their lies,” he said.

Khan and Caringal could not be reached for comment.

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