Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police post video message from Bo Xilai accomplice

Police post video message from Bo Xilai accomplice

Police post video message from Bo Xilai accomplice

120720_05
French national Patrick Devillers (left) is interviewed in a video posted on the government’s police website yesterday. Photo from screengrab

French national Patrick Devillers (left) is interviewed in a video posted on the government’s police website yesterday. Photo from screengrab

In a seeming effort to dispel any lingering doubt about Patrick Devillers’s willingness to go to China, the General Commissariat National Police posted a YouTube video yesterday showing the freshly released Frenchman giving a brief interview about his detainment in Cambodia.

The video, taken on Tuesday, shows the former associate of deposed Chinese politician Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailal, dressed in grey slacks and a white shirt seated at a table with a flower arrangement and French press-style coffee carafe, explaining the purpose of his trip and confirming reports that he was departing for China of his own free will.

“Now, I’m leaving for Shanghai tonight, and after a stop, probably on to Beijing in order to answer – one could say to cooperate in the case of the inquiry into Gu Kailai,” he said.

When asked if it was true that he was going willingly, Devillers replied: “Yes, it’s totally true. It is my decision that I should go to clarify this.”

Cambodian authorities arrested Devillers at a riverside restaurant on June 13, at the request of China, which wanted to question him regarding the scandal that swept up Bo and Gu.

Though the nature of his involvement is still hazy, Devillers was involved in multiple business ventures with Gu, now a suspect in the killing of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Devillers was asked to offer his “final word to the Cambodian government”.

“As for the Cambodian government, I would like to thank them for my release, and particularly to thank the immigration police, happily, for receiving me so well these past weeks,” he said.

The video then shows Devillers having his passport scanned at customs before returning to the lounge area to presumably await his flight.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kim Yuthana at [email protected]
Stuart White at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen to ‘step down’ if he loses Sam Rainsy bet over Kem Sokha

    Hun Sen has promised to step down as prime minister while opposition figure Sam Rainsy pledges to turn himself in as forfeits if the long-term political rivals lose a “bet” over the future of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial

  • UAE prince seeks to invest in Cambodia

    The UAE has expressed interest in Cambodian oil and gas exploration. Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said this was the result of his discussions with Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmook bin Juma al-Maktoum, a member of the royal family who visited him on Wednesday.

  • Smith calls for ‘release’ of Sokha as visit ends

    At a press conference to conclude her 11-day visit to Cambodia, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith on Thursday called for treason charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped and for him to be released from “restricted detention”.

  • PM denies ‘nepotism’ claims

    Prime minister Hun Sen denied on Thursday that nepotism was involved in the recent promotions of the children of senior government officials. He said they had been “trained” and were entirely capable of carrying out their duties while being open to “punishment” like anyone else.