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A Newspaper Chief Was Given Asylum By UNHCR

Sralanh Khmer or Love Khmer newspaper editor You Saravudh was given asylum by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but it is not known what country he will go to.

Mr. You Saravudh was involved in a controversial issue with Prime Minister Hun Sen's nephew, Hun To. He left Cambodia on July 22, after charging Mr. Hun To, who is an Oknha (Lord) of murder intention, by telephone and by mouth, and due to an article in his newspaper implicating Mr. Hun To's land grabbing case in Mondul Kiri province, which Mr. Hun To denied.

In a telephone conversation with VOA from Bangkok, Thailand, Mr. You Saravudh confirms about the asylum.

Mr. You Saravudh's lawyer, Chhith Sarith says that the UNHCR's decision is good.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith welcomes the news of Mr. You Saravudh receiving a refugee status. Mr. Hun To files a suit against Mr. You Saravudh for publishing an article fabricating a story.