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French Architect Will Not Be Extradited, Foreign Minister Says

  • Heng Reaksmey
  • VOA Khmer

In this March 13, 2012 photo, former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China. The new leadership in the southweste

In this March 13, 2012 photo, former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China. The new leadership in the southweste

Cambodia says it will not deport a French architect arrested earlier this month at the behest of China.

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters Friday that Patrick Devillers, arrested June 13 in Phnom Penh, will remain in Cambodian custody.

It remains unclear what he is being investigated for, but Devillers has been linked socially and professionally with the jailed wife of Bo Xilai, a former Chinese Communist Party official who is at the center of a Chinese political crisis.

Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, is accused of killing a British national in a corruption cover up.

“The decision is already made,” Hor Namhong said Friday. “We’ll keep him here and won’t extradite him anywhere, not to France or China. We’ll keep him in Cambodia.”

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