Cambodia decided not to extradite a French citizen linked to the family of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said.
Cambodia detained Patrick Devillers earlier this month at China’s request, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said yesterday. Devillers has not yet been charged with a crime, Koy Kuong said, without providing details on the reason behind the decision.
“Cambodia decided to keep him in Cambodia,” he said by phone today. “Concerned authorities are investigating into the case right now.”
China, Cambodia’s biggest investor, is investigating accusations that Bo committed disciplinary violations in relation to his wife, Gu Kailai, who was arrested in April on suspicion that she was involved in the death of a British businessman. Devillers, an architect, had business ties to Gu, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported in April.
Cambodian authorities earlier said they would wait for China to submit evidence on Devillers before making a decision on whether to send him to Beijing. Under the two countries’ extradition treaty, China has 60 days to provide evidence of a crime and Cambodia then has 60 days to respond, according to Khieu Sopheak.
Bo was ousted as Communist Party secretary of the municipality of Chongqing in March and was later suspended from the Politburo. Cambodian officials have provided no details on what crime Devillers stands accused of committing.
China and Cambodia have deepened ties in recent months, underscored when Chinese President Hu Jintao in March became his country’s first head of state to visit in 12 years. Two-way trade rose to $2.5 billion in 2011, 11 times the amount in 2000, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported March 27.
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