Cambodian authorities say they are seeking more evidence from Chinese officials before considering the extradition of a Frenchman arrested recently with ties to a Chinese political scandal.
Patrick Devillers, who has professional and personal links to the wife of Bo Xilai, the ousted communist chief of Chongqing, China, was arrested in Phnom Penh, police confirmed. However, officials declined to give more details of his arrest.
“Cambodia has an extradition agreement with China,” said Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior. “And as for the case of Patrick Devillers, we are now waiting for more evidence from China before sending him there. It is still pending on where we should extradite him to because as of now we don’t know whether Patrick is guilty or not.”
It is not clear whether Devillers has been charged with any crimes. Police have not released any information related to his detention, other than to confirm it.
Devillers, 52, reportedly lives in Phnom Penh and owns land in the coastal town of Kep. He was a business associate of Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, who is under arrest in China for the alleged murder of a British national there.
Her arrest and the ouster of her politically popular husband from the Communist Party has set off a major political crisis in China.