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Old 22-04-2011, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cambodia : Swiss hostel owner guilty in child sex case

Swiss hostel owner guilty in child sex case
Thik Kaliyann
Friday, 22 April 2011

Swiss national Erich Bader was convicted of child sex offences and sentenced to two years in prison by the Siem Reap provincial court yesterday.

Bader, who owns the Prince Mekong Villa guesthouse in Siem Reap, was found guilty of purchasing child prostitution from two minors, aged 11 and 16 at the time of the offences.

Presiding Judge Oeun Vanna told the court yesterday Bader had violated both the law and the moral standards of the community.

“After a long investigation and a five-hour trial we have decided to sentence him to two years in prison, backdated to his arrest in August [2010] and have ordered him to pay compensation of nine million riel to his victims,” he said.

“The court cannot believe his denial of the charges as he has no witnesses, and because his answers appear calculated to protect himself.”

The testimony of five of Bader’s former staff members, who defended his overall good character, was ruled inadmissible by Oeun Vanna on the grounds that they had too close a relationship with the accused.

Bader, who previously served a two-year prison term for child sex offences in Switzerland, moved to Siem Reap six years ago where he began operating a small guesthouse. Police prevented journalists from taking comments from Bader after yesterday’s trial.

During the trial Bader’s lawyer Li Veng Chheng argued that confusion during the initial police investigation about the dates of his offences had compromised the case. “The police arrested Bader without having any clear proof or witnesses especially about dates he is alleged to have performed the offences,” he said last month.

But Oeun Vanna rejected the argument, downplaying the mistakes as minor clerical errors that did not affect the overall conduct of the police investigation.
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Old 22-04-2011, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Schwein verdammtes

remember reading about him last year; his guest house in Siem Riep - Prince of Mekong - features in Trip Advisor reviews, in most cases negative, sounds like a very bad German vesrion of Basil Fawlty.

This one appears to be the last one before he was taken away, one more recent he'd have been in jail. As with many reviews it is in German, but for once I think Google translate may do a semi-reasonable job
date of review: Aug 29, 2010
Der Betreiber dieses guesthouses Erich Bader wurde am 17.August 2010 von der Polizei wegen Kinderprostitution verhaftet. Schwein verdammtes!!!!!!!!

translates as:
The operator of the guest houses on Aug 17, 2010 Eric Bader was arrested by the police for child prostitution. Pig fvcking !!!!!!!!

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The testimony of five of Bader’s former staff members, who defended his overall good character, was ruled inadmissible by Oeun Vanna on the grounds that they had too close a relationship with the accused.
excerpt from a review on Travbuddy from Feb 15 2010

I have a long story to tell, but will first give the basic information short:
- the owner has a drinking problem
- the staff is exploited, works more than 12 hrs a day instead of going to school (17 years and younger)
I did however insist on filing a claim against Mr. Erich Bader for physical violence. I will also inform the necessary instances for possible abuse of his personnel. And I will do everything what is in my power to prevent other travelers from having such a bad experience. I can tell you that I have very bitter memories from Siem Reap. So do yourself and your friends a favor and spread the news: DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT GOING TO PRINCE MEKONG VILLA!!

and Trip Advisor again
What is also amazing is that Erich is training local teenagers in hospitality and management


2yrs - hope they deport him when his sentence is complete.
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