Cambodian Authorities Begin Investigation into Rumours on Child Abduction

The Ministry of Interior has already opened an investigation into the rumours of children being kidnapped for internal organs, said Gen. Keat Chantharith, Spokesperson of Cambodia's General Commissariat of National Police (GCNP), at a press conference here this morning.

The Cambodian authorities, especially the National Police, have taken action after the rumours were spread throughout the country, especially through social media, but no real case was found, he added.

They are fake news, underlined Gen. Keat Chantharith.For more than one month, a group of ill-will people spread false information on child abduction for organ harvesting. On behalf of the National Police and the leaders of the Ministry of Interior, I would like to affirm that there are no such cases.

The GCNP spokesperson also called on the social media users to think carefully before posting or sharing some news or information because this could lead to social chaos.

For his part, H.E. Gen. Khieu Sopheak, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, told a local newspaper recently that there is no real case [of children being adducted for internal organs]. We are suspecting that there is an organised group who disseminated this fake news to create chaos in the country, he said.

H.E. Gen. Khieu Sopheak appealed to the public to report directly any child abduction cases to the authorities through the ministry's hotline.

Yesterday, a Facebook user, who has posted that Cambodian children were smuggled by Vietnamese people for internal organs, confessed to the police and apologised to the public. He was now sent to court.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press