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Phnom Penh Court Questions Ten People in Visa Cases

Phnom Penh court questions at least 10 persons suspected of faking divorce documents in order to apply for visas to go to the U.S. and Australia, according to court officials Wednesday.

Phnom Penh municipal court prosecutor Uk Savuth told VOA that the court has questioned those 10 people involved with the falsified court documents, and the other 30 people will be questioned later.

The questioning takes place after the U.S. and Australian Embassies request the court to re-examine 40 divorce verdicts for the rights to re-marry and apply for visas to live in the U.S. and Australia.

These verdicts are thought to be falsified. Mr. Uk Savuth declines to make comments on the result of the questioning, and the identities of these people. He only says that if the court finds them guilty, they will be imprisoned between 5-15 years.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeff Daigle declines comment, saying the Embassy only wants to court to clarify about those divorce verdicts.