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NGO Officials Are Surprised Over Heng Pov Arrest

A human rights organization official is surprised over the arrest of former police commissioner and Prime Minister Hun Sen's adviser, Heng Pov's detention.

Cambodia Center for Human Rights' director, Mr. Kem Sokha, says that he would like to investigate this issue, and that if the Singaporean and the Cambodian governments agree on his extradition, he wishes to monitor the situation, since Mr. Heng Pov is an important witness in his 9-page report implicating a number of crimes to Phnom Penh government officials.

Mr. Heng Pov was wanted on murder and serious crimes charges after fleeing to Singapore and seeking political asylum abroad.

Mr. Heng Pov was charged with Phnom Penh judge, honorable Sok Sethamony murder, seriously wounded an electricity official, intended murder of military police commander Sao Sokha, Phnom Penh Municipal court prosecutor, Uk Savuth murder, and other killings.

Ministry of Interior's spokesman, Lieutenant General Khieu Sopheak confirms Mr. Heng Pov's detention by Singapore police Thursday night on visa expiration.

It is not known whether or not he will be extradited to Cambodia.

Cambodia National Police Commissioner, four star general Hok Lundy alleges that he receives news of Mr. Heng Pov's detention, but cannot confirm it because it is still under investigation.

First deputy director of the Cambodian Interpol, Keo Vanthan says he has not received the news yet and declines to comment.