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OITC executive flees country

Keith Scott’s former apartment building in Chamkarmon district. Photo by: Wesley Monts
An Australian man claiming to be an executive of a bizarre
international finance organisation has fled Cambodia, days after two of
his associates were arrested and charged with forging documents
alleging connections with HSBC Bank, the United States government and
the United Nations.

Keith Scott, the “chief of cabinet” for the
Office of International Treasury Control, left his serviced apartment
in Chamkarmon district’s Tuol Svay Prey II commune last Wednesday,
building staff said, after OITC chairman Ray C Dam was charged with
forgery on Monday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Dam was
arrested along with Soush Saroeun, the executive managing director of
local property firm and OITC subsidiary Asia Real Property, or ARP-OITC.

said in an email on Sunday that he was not involved with ARP-OITC,
though he defended Dam, who is identified in OITC promotional materials
as owner of the “Global Debt Facility” and economic adviser to United
States presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush.

“I have travelled all over the world while working with Dr Dam as Special Envoy on his authority,” Scott said.

“If Dr Dam is imprisoned or if Dr Dam leaves Cambodia, the result is exactly the same, there is no point my being there.”

OITC claims to have been granted special authority by the US and the
United Nations, claims that have since been denied by American and UN
officials. The group says it is “the largest single owner of gold and
platinum bullion in the World”, claiming to control top secret assets
and “treasure” all over the world.

Staff at Scott’s apartment
said he had lived there since February and had already paid rent for
the next several months prior to leaving town.

remembered him as a talkative and eccentric tenant who boasted of plans
to buy the Himawari Hotel and finance a high-speed railway stretching
from China to Malaysia.

Phnom Penh Post
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