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Polonsky denies complaint plans

Polonsky denies complaint plans

Imprisoned tycoon Sergei Polonsky yesterday denied he had filed, or planned to file, any complaints against Cambodian officials.

In a statement on Facebook, Polonsky said his Cambodian lawyer Ros Sitha, who spoke to the Post on Tuesday, had “no right to act or issue any statements on my behalf”.

“I am not planning to release any complaints against Cambodian officials, nor have I asked him to do so,” he wrote.

“Ros Sitha is acting on his own behalf and should be personally held responsible for his actions.”

When contacted yesterday, Sitha said he had not suggested that complaints against officials had actually been filed to the court.

“No complaints have been filed and it was not my intention in any way to reveal confidential information about my client,” he said, adding that he had not said that Polonsky could face more than 10 years in prison if extradited to Russia, as reported.

Polonsky, 40, remains in police custody in Phnom Penh after his arrest off the coast of Sihanoukville earlier this month. He is wanted on embezzlement charges in Russia – which has asked Cambodia to extradite him – but is also facing trial on intentional violence charges in Preah Sihanouk province.

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