The location of former Phnom Penh police chief Heng Pov was unknown Monday to both Cambodian and Malaysian police, officials and news reports said.
Cambodian officials and news reports said over the weekend that Heng Pov had been arrested for a simple visa violation in Singapore in the early hours of Friday and deported to Malaysia.
However, Cambodian National Police Commissioner Hok Lundy said Monday that Heng Pov has dropped off the radar.
“We don’t want to comment much,” Hok Lundy said by telephone. “We’ve lost all news of him. We know nothing about him.”
Hok Lundy referred further questions to Keo Vanthan, Interpol’s first deputy director in Phnom Penh.
Keo Vanthan said he had not received additional information from either the Singaporean or Malaysian police.
The Malaysian Embassy did not respond to e-mailed and telephoned requests for comment.
However, Datuk Fauzi Shaari, director of Malaysia’s federal Criminal Investigation Department, has asked Malaysian immigration officials to check whether Singapore had indeed sent Heng Pov to Malaysia, Malaysian newspaper The Star reported Monday.
“There is no request from Cambodian authorities to arrest him,” Datuk Fauzi Shaari was quoted as saying. “If we receive such a notification, we will do the necessary,” he added.
The Star quoted a Singaporean immigration spokesman as saying that Heng Pov had been deported to Malaysia via the Johor-Singapore Causeway. “We don’t know if he is still in Malaysia or has left,” the unnamed spokesman was quoted as saying.
Cambodian government spokesman and Information Minister Khieu Kanharith referred all questions to Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak.
Khieu Sopheak declined to comment on the matter, saying that divulging information about the case to the press could be harmful to the case. “Cambodian police officials are doing their work,” he said.