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Fugitive Cambodian Ex-Police Chief Reported in Custody in Singapore


Cambodian and Malaysian officials say a fugitive former Cambodian police chief facing murder charges in his homeland has been taken into custody in Singapore.

Authorities say Heng Pov, who entered Singapore in July, was arrested there last week for over-staying his visa.

Malaysia's Bernama news agency says Singapore police are expected to transfer Heng Pov to Kuala Lumpur, because Singapore and Cambodia do not have an extradition treaty.

The suspect is accused of plotting the murder of a Phnom Penh municipal court judge in 2003. He also is accused of involvement in attempts to kill a newspaper publisher, a prosecutor, and Cambodia's national police chief.

Heng Pov has denied the charges. Once an advisor to Prime Minister Hun Sen, Heng Pov says he has been framed by his one-time ally.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.