Two years ago, Sothea Arun was feted by the international media. He had survived the Khmer Rouge, built an orphanage founded by an American heiress, and counted the Jewish community among his benefactors for schools and a health clinic. And he was living large.
But his fall from grace, like those before him, was not totally unexpected.
A year-long internal inquiry by the Sovann Komar children’s village in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh has concluded that its former executive director — Sothea Arun — and his three colleagues had lived the good life while he allegedly stole at least US$1.4 million designated for the children.