Officials silent as Montagnard helper still missing

Officials silent as Montagnard helper still missing

A Cambodian man, who was allegedly arrested last week because of his efforts to help Montagnard asylum seekers, remained missing for a fifth day yesterday, with officials claiming no knowledge of his whereabouts.

Dy Heun was reportedly arrested in Ratanakkiri province in the early hours of Thursday morning, while driving towards Phnom Penh with 36 Montagnards who had fled alleged persecution in Vietnam.

While the asylum seekers were deported, it remained unclear last night what had happened to Heun.

Ouk Hay Seyla of the Interior Ministry’s General Immigration Department said he had attempted to contact provincial police about the case but had received no response.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak referred questions to the National Police, but spokesman Kirt Chantharith could not be reached.

Moeng Sineath, Rattanakiri Provincial Hall spokesman, said he was at a meeting and unable to speak to reporters.

With his whereabouts still a mystery, Heun’s family was growing more concerned, said his wife Sam Kanhar.

“His brother and aunts are crying and worrying about him.”

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