Prince Denies Thai Papers’ Reports of Abuse

The son of Prince Norodom Chak­rapong on Sunday denied reports published in Thai newspapers over the weekend that a wo­man claiming to be his father’s wife sought refuge in Thailand on Fri­day.

Prince Norodom Charuchak was responding to reports in The Nation and The Bangkok Post alleging that a Thai national claiming to be married to Prince Chakrapong had told Thai police that the prince had confined her and beaten her for several years.

“It was not true. The newspapers chaotically published the article that has defamed my father’s reputation,” Prince Charuchak said.

He added that his mother, Cha­ru­wan Duangchan, left Cambodia on Friday because she was upset.

“When she is happy she will come back to meet her husband,” he said, adding that she also wants to respond to the allegations.

Prince Chakrapong was out of the country and could not be contacted.

An adviser to Charuwan Duang­chan who did not give his name said from Thailand that she was sick and was unable to comment.

The Nation said Saturday that Charuwan Duangchan, 50, was accompanied to Thailand by her daughter-in-law Res Suphorn.

It added that Cambodian immigration officers were attempting to take the two women back to Cam­bodia from a market near the border when Thai police came to investigate the commotion.

The report alleged that Charu­wan Duangchan’s right cheek was bruised and swollen.

The Bangkok Post said Sunday that Charuwan Duangchan will be charged by police for failing to register with immigration authorities before entering Thailand.

It added that Thai soldiers rescued the pair from Cambodian soldiers as they tried to take them back across the border to Poipet.

Thai Ambassador Piyawat Niyo­mrerks said he had no information on the case.

Pich Saran, Poipet International Checkpoint immigration police chief, said police had no knowledge of Charuwan Duangchan crossing the border, and said immigration police did not try to arrest her.

 

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