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Request to Revoke Hun Sen Visa Attacked

A government official on Thursday rebuked a Global Witness statement urging the British government to revoke its visa for visiting Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The request that Hun Sen’s visa be taken away as he visits Europe this week was “immoral,” said Phay Siphan, a spokesman for the Council of Ministers.

Global Witness was banned from the country after investigating serious illegal logging practices and has published two influential reports on resources abuse in the country.

Hun Sen just wrapped up an official trip to France, including talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy, and planned to travel to England to watch a son graduate. He will now stay until Sunday, Phay Siphan told VOA Khmer.