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Malaysian Court Pushes Back Heng Pov Suit

A Malaysian court Wednesday adjourned to an undecided date an application from former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov to file suit against three Malaysian officials for contempt.

The adjournment was to allow the three officials time to properly respond to the charges levied against them, an official said.

Heng Pov fled Cambodian authorities last year and claims he was prematurely ejected from Malaysia in December, when he began serving an 18-year prison sentence in Phnom Penh for the murder of a judge. A court last week added seven more years for the illegal detention of a suspect.

Heng Pov was once a member of Prime Minister Hun Sen's inner circle, and his incarceration has underscored the volatile nature of Cambodia's security apparatus.