Belgian Murder Suspect (Olly) Flees Cambodia on Bail

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Belgian Murder Suspect (Olly) Flees Cambodia on Bail

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He did the right thing.

A Belgian man who was released on bail from Kampot Provincial Prison after spending a year detained as the chief suspect in the murder of a French tourist said on Monday that he had returned to his home country.

Olivier van den Bogaert, 41, was arrested in April 2013, about 10 weeks after the body of 25-year-old Ophelie Begnis washed up on the bank of the Kampot River.

On Monday night, despite the ongoing investigation into the murder of Ophelie Begnis, Mr. van den Bogaert said via email that he was back in Belgium.

The murder suspect declined to say how he had managed to leave the country.

Police and court officials said Tuesday that authorities had possession of Mr. van den Bogaert’s passport, but none could agree on exactly which authorities had it.

Appeal Court Judge Khun Leang Meng, who in April ordered Mr. van den Bogaert’s release due to a lack of evidence, said the Kampot Provincial Court was responsible for keeping the passport.

“The investigating judge confiscated [Mr. van den Bogaert’s passport] already,” Judge Leang Meng said, before hanging up on a reporter.

Kampot Provincial Court Investigating Judge Hang Sokun Vathana said the court prosecutor had confiscated the suspect’s travel document.

“The prosecutor confiscated [the passport] already,” Judge Sokun Vathana said, declining to elaborate on what he said was “a secret court investigation.”

However, Ek Chheng Huot, the provincial prosecutor, said he did not know about Mr. van den Bogaert’s case, and referred all questions back to the Appeal Court.

Kampot police said last week that they had no evidence against Mr. van den Bogaert and that they were still searching for a red-haired foreigner in connection with the case, but declined to give further details.

Nicolas Baudouin, first secretary at the French Embassy, said that while the case was still open in France, local police are leading the investigation.

“It is up to the Cambodian police and the investigating judge to take care of,” he said.

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Re: Belgian Murder Suspect (Olly) Flees Cambodia on Bail

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Obviously we who were not there will never know what really happened, but if they couldn't get a single piece of evidence together after 16 months, they should have dropped the charges against him. Does this mean he has to stay in Belgium?
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Yeah, it's been totally ridiculous from the beginning.

Red hair: check

Bicycle: check

So they hold him for a year in prison. That's absolutely insane.
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I totally agree: he did the right thing, no evidence at all against him. And an 'investigation' of 16 months and still 'ongoing', FFS.

@ giblet: I don't think he has to stay in Belgium, he just can't come back to Cambodia, but I don't think he even ever wants to come back to Cambodia, after an experience like this.
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Yep, it would be foolish to ever come back.
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General Mackevili wrote:Yeah, it's been totally ridiculous from the beginning.

Red hair: check

Bicycle: check

So they hold him for a year in prison. That's absolutely insane.
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StroppyChops wrote:
General Mackevili wrote:Yeah, it's been totally ridiculous from the beginning.

Red hair: check

Bicycle: check

So they hold him for a year in prison. That's absolutely insane.
I know absolutely nothing about this, but I suspect you missed

Could not pay: check
Sounds like someone's paid for his passport now though. So the real murderer is still out there somewhere and the girl's family will likely never get justice/closure. Bummer to say the least.
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StroppyChops wrote:I know absolutely nothing about this, but I suspect you missed

Could not pay: check
I actually don't think that was the case in this situation, or at least not the main issue.
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giblet wrote:
StroppyChops wrote:I know absolutely nothing about this, but I suspect you missed

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I actually don't think that was the case in this situation, or at least not the main issue.
Happy to defer to more experienced heads!
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