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Worker for Maryknoll arrested in Cambodia

The two alleged leaflet distributors: So Khemrak and Ngor Meng Hong (Photo: CEN)

A worker with the Maryknoll mission in Cambodia has been arrested
for allegedly distributing defamatory leaflets against a “Cambodian
government politician.”

So Khemrak, a former Royal University of Phnom Penh student, was
arrested on 
Jan. 29, as a result of confessions made by four other
people arrested earlier for the same offence in Takeo in southern
Cambodia, according to the Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea, the
country’s most popular daily.
Khemrak denied distributing the leaflets, saying he only overheard one of the other four talking about them.
Another person arrested with Khemrak – Ngo Meng Hong – also denied
distributing the leaflets but admits he has had some in his possession
since 2008.
Police found more than 200 leaflets in Hong’s home, the paper
reported. Some 85 leaflets were distributed around Phnom Penh last week.
Op Siphal, a Maryknoll office manager, admitted Khemrak is one of
172 workers for the local Maryknoll mission but denied the Church
institution had anything to do with his spare time activities.
Khemrak works for Karol and Setha, (Knowledge and Reflection on Life
and Sexuality Through a Holistic Approach), a Maryknoll program, he
said.
“We just provide a job for him. We don’t know about his activities outside the office,” Siphal told ucanews.com.
If found guilty Khemrak could face up to two years in jail and be fined 1.4 million riel (about US$345).
The US-based Maryknoll family consists of Fathers and Brothers,
Sisters and lay workers dedicated to mission and social work outside
the United States.
Sojurce: ucanews.com
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