Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Director of Christian NGO Arrested by Police

By Khuon Narim and Simon Henderson
The Cambodia Daily, December 10, 2013

Anti-human-trafficking police on Monday arrested a 35-year-old U.S. national and director of an evangelical Christian group in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, though they would not reveal what crime the American was suspected of having committed.

Local news website Cambodia Express News reported that the suspect, Daniel Johnson, was arrested at 9 a.m. at the Home of Hope orphanage in Sansam Kosal village in Boeng Tumpong commune following a joint operation involving police and the U.S.’ Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to the organization’s website, 30 children are resident at the orphanage.

Pol Piethey, director of the Ministry of Interior’s anti-human trafficking department, confirmed that the suspect had been arrested and was being held by anti-human trafficking police, but he declined to comment on the nature of the charges against him.

“We are still working on the case. You can wait until tomorrow to report on it,” he said.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant General Khieu Sopheak, referred questions regarding the arrest to National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith, who could not be reached for comment. Municipal anti-human trafficking police chief Keo Thea also declined to comment on the case.

Yi Moden, deputy director of field operations for anti-pedophile NGO Action pour les Enfants, said that his organization could not comment on the case at this time.

“It is difficult for us as police do not want us to reveal anything about the case as it still under investigation,” he said.

The Home of Hope orphanage is one of a number of projects run by Mr. Johnson’s organization, Hope Transition, which is also listed as a Christian mission of the Skyline Baptist Church in North Bend, Oregon.

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh did not respond to requests for comment on the case.


Anonymous said...

Wait until they made up the fake evidence they then reveal the charges. Now, they can not reveal yet. If they don't know what kind of the charge why they arrested the victim. Only the people who victimized by these
devils learned their evil tricks and tactics. The U.S. Embassy better keep an eye on that otherwise, it is never found the thruth.

Anonymous said...

this kind of arrest probably is legitimate and necessary to keep vulnerable children safe from child predators or pedophile. when the FBI gets involved, something is never right!

Anonymous said...

5:56 AM is a Vietnamese dog eater as whore. This bitch does not know what has been behind all this. Vietnamese whore or dog eater, go back where you belong.

Anonymous said...

Some people behind the NGO flage are evil..They are a child predator, human traficker, and trouble maker. "Some not all"

Anonymous said...

AH 7:03 AM is a real wild animal, cannot find some good khmer words to write here...go to hell Mr wild dog.

Anonymous said...

Communist CPP vietcongs are parasites in Asia Pacific