Monday, November 28, 2011

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

THE director of a foreign NGO in Siem Reap town was questioned in court yesterday in connection with alleged indecent acts with minors following his arrest during a police raid on Saturday, officials said.

Sun Bunthang, chief of the Siem Reap provincial anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection police, said that 38-year-old Dutchman Sebastiann Reuyly, who heads NGO Generation Next Cambodia, was arrested by police at his office and detained for questioning.

“He was charged with indecent acts against minors under 15 years old,” he said.

Sun Bunthang said that police investigators found that Reuyly had abused five Cambodian children between 7 and 13 years of age in his room at the centre, and that police had rescued a 7-year-old girl from his room during the raid.

Samleang Seila, country director for NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, said that his organisation will provide free legal services for the children.

“I would like to appeal to the parents of children to bring out their children from this centre,” he said, adding that Generation Next Cambodia has been operating in Siem Reap for more than a year, offering free education, food and accommodation to poor children.

“I would like also to appeal to the concerned authorities to take action in investigating other foreign children organisations or centres in Siem Reap.”

Samleang Seila said that since 2009, three directors of children’s centres in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville have been arrested for alleged child abuse and indecent acts against minors.

Neither Sebastiann Reuyly nor staff from Generation Next Cambodia could be reached for comment yesterday.

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